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adjective casual pronunciation in American English /ˈkæʒuəl/
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  1. 1
    relaxed and informal
    The bar has a casual low-key atmosphere.
    The interview took place around the kitchen table and was very casual.
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    1. a.
      seeming relaxed and not worried about anything
      Paul tried to sound casual but I could tell something was worrying him.
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    2. b.
      used when you are criticizing someone for being too relaxed or not careful enough about what they do or say
      The report notes the firm’s casual attitude towards safety procedures.
  2. 3
    [only before noun] happening without being planned or thought about
    a casual meeting/remark
    The disease cannot be spread by casual contact.
  3. 4
    working in temporary jobs
    a casual laborer
    The workforce is mainly unskilled and casual.
  4. 5
    [only before noun] doing something sometimes, but not often or regularly
    casual moviegoers
    Even casual readers of the business pages will be aware of Greenspan’s influence.
  5. 6
    [only before noun] not involving strong feelings or emotions
    casual friendships
    He described himself as a casual acquaintance of the Kennedys’.
    casual sex (=sex between people who do not know each other well): He was only looking for casual sex.

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