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adjective precious pronunciation in British English /ˈpreʃəs/
  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.

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