Definition of reticent in English:

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reticent

Pronunciation: /ˈredəsənt/

adjective

Not revealing one’s thoughts or feelings readily: she was extremely reticent about her personal affairs
More example sentences
  • Like others who are naturally reticent and introverted he was able, says Dimbleby, to lose himself in the disciplined freedom of performance.
  • Turner was famously reticent regarding his private life.
  • He was unusually withdrawn and reticent during that time, until suddenly, the more public horror of world events seemed to shock him out of it.
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Derivatives

reticently

Pronunciation: /ˈredəs(ə)ntlē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • He looked at me, smiling reticently, and said, ‘I'll pick you up at 7.’
  • It was remarkable to see this young girl walk reticently on stage, sit at the piano and begin to play so naturally, confidently and without any interference to the musical flow.
  • Haskil plays the two concertos intimately but not reticently.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Latin reticent- 'remaining silent', from the verb reticere, from re- (expressing intensive force) + tacere 'be silent'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ret·i·cent

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