UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈkɛərfʊl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˌkɛrfəl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(kâr′fəl)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
care•ful /ˌkɛrfəl/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. cautious in one's actions:a careful driver.[be + ~ + to + verb]He was careful not to get her mad.
  2. (used as a command) watch out;
    be cautious:Careful! It's going to break!
  3. done or performed with accuracy or caution;
    taking pains in one's work: He was a careful typist.
care•ful•ly, adv. 
care•ful•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
care•ful  (kâr′fəl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. cautious in one's actions:Be careful when you cross the street.
  2. taking pains in one's work;
    thorough:a careful typist.
  3. (of things) done or performed with accuracy or caution:careful research.
  4. solicitously mindful (usually fol. by of, about, or in):careful of the rights of others;careful about one's behavior;careful in speech.
  5. [Archaic.]
    • troubled.
    • attended with anxiety.
careful•ly, adv. 
careful•ness, n. 
  • bef. 1000; Middle English; Old English carful, cearful. See care, -ful
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged watchful, guarded, chary, circumspect.
      Careful, cautious, discreet, wary imply a watchful guarding against something.
      Careful implies guarding against mistakes, by paying strict and close attention to details, and, often, trying to use good judgment:He was careful to distinguish between them.Cautious implies a fear of some unfavorable situation and investigation before coming to conclusions:cautious about investments.Discreet implies being prudent in speech and action and being trustworthy as a confidant:discreet in manner, in keeping secrets.Wary implies a vigilant lookout for a danger suspected or feared:wary of polite strangers.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged meticulous, discerning.
    • 2, 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  painstaking. 
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged conscientious.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged thoughtful, concerned, solicitous, attentive, heedful, regardful.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged –4. careless.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
careful /ˈkɛəfʊl/ adj
  1. cautious in attitude or action; prudent
  2. painstaking in one's work; thorough
  3. (usually postpositive; followed by of, in, or about) solicitous; protective
  4. Brit mean or miserly

ˈcarefully adv ˈcarefulness n
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Collocations: a careful [person, man, woman, child], a careful [thought, look, glance], careful [attention, consideration, examination, study, planning], more...

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