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adjective delicate pronunciation in British English /ˈdelɪkət/
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  1. 1
    something that is delicate can easily be damaged or broken
    Delicate skin must be protected from the sun.
  2. 3
    attractive and thin, small, light, or graceful
    The plant has delicate pink flowers.
    her delicate hands
  3. 6
    a delicate situation needs to be dealt with carefully so that people do not get upset or annoyed
    There is a rather delicate matter that I need to discuss with you.
    The negotiations are at a very delicate stage.
  4. 7
    a delicate process is difficult, needing care and a lot of skill
    a very delicate operation
    a delicate balance between freedom and restraint
  5. 8
    moving with care and skill
    He plays the piano with a delicate touch.


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