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adjective precious pronunciation in American English /ˈpreʃəs/
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  1. 1
    worth a lot of money
    a precious jewel
    historic houses with rare and precious contents
    1. a.
      loved or valued by someone
      a precious memory
      Her daughter is the most precious thing in the world to her.
    2. b.
      rare or very necessary and not to be wasted
      Human skills are the nation’s most precious resource.
      We’re wasting precious time sitting around here!
  2. 3
    behaving as if something is more important or serious than it really is
    Pop stars used to be a lot less precious about advertising products.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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