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Meaning & Definition of Precious in English

English

Precious

/prɛʃəs/

adjective

1. Characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for

  • "A cherished friend"
  • "Children are precious"
  • "A treasured heirloom"
  • "So good to feel wanted"
    synonym:
  • cherished
  • ,
  • precious
  • ,
  • treasured
  • ,
  • wanted

2. Of high worth or cost

  • "Diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are precious stones"
    synonym:
  • precious

3. Held in great esteem for admirable qualities especially of an intrinsic nature

  • "A valued friend"
  • "Precious memories"
    synonym:
  • valued
  • ,
  • precious

4. Obviously contrived to charm

  • "An insufferably precious performance"
  • "A child with intolerably cute mannerisms"
    synonym:
  • cute
  • ,
  • precious

adverb

1. Extremely

  • "There is precious little time left"
    synonym:
  • precious
  • ,
  • preciously

Examples of using

A kiss is one of life's most precious gifts.
These books are very precious to us.
But while we will never know fully what causes somebody to take the life of another, we do know what makes life worth living. [...] Our time here is limited and it is precious.