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adjective honest pronunciation in British English /ˈɒnɪst/
 
  1. 1
    a person who is honest does not tell lies or cheat people, and obeys the law

    Most young people are decent and honest.

    an honest man

    honest about:

    I haven't been completely honest about my past experience.

    honest with:

    Thank you for being so honest with me.

    1. a.
      used about the things that someone says and does

      I want you to give me an honest answer.

      An honest appraisal of his ability can only help him.

      an honest mistake (=not intentional):

      I gave her the wrong amount of money, but it was an honest mistake.

  2. 2
    honest work is a job that you work fairly hard at

    When is the last time Charlie did any honest work?

    an honest living:

    I'm just trying to earn an honest living (=earn money by working hard).

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