Definition of 'precious'
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There is precious little editing for clarity. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Precious metals miners joined the rally as gold rose against a weaker dollar. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Miners of the precious metal followed suit. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Some people have had that service there all their lives and then something so precious was taken away. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The experts will also be looking at precious items that help tell the families' stories. The Sun (2017)There's precious little on contemporary cinema screens that means a great deal to my life. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The remainder barely covers council tax and energy costs, there being precious little left for food and other necessities. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Top Washington insiders would kill for 15 minutes of such precious face time. The Sun (2016)It is a huge step and ensures we don't waste drugs, money and precious time. The Sun (2017)But if willpower and self-control are a limited and precious resource, it makes no sense to squander them unnecessarily. Times, Sunday Times (2016)And now she is expected to be deeply hurt by the loss of her precious belongings. The Sun (2008)Why target precious resources at those who need them least? Times, Sunday Times (2010)Victory and precious points about to be squandered? Times, Sunday Times (2013)And space is increasingly precious in what is an increasingly crowded city. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Drugs can sometimes still buy precious time. The Sun (2015)The mining sector as a whole rose as a collapsing dollar boosted precious metals prices. Times, Sunday Times (2009)There was precious little for the crowd to get its teeth into. Times, Sunday Times (2006)You are ready to talk about a precious ambition that has been simmering in secret. The Sun (2010)Why waste our precious moments simply going through the motions? Going For It!: How to Succeed As an Entrepreneur (1986)My family is incredibly important and precious. Times, Sunday Times (2015)This is why free speech is so precious. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Quite soon people realised that something precious had been lost. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It was like finding a coat precious stone under a pile of garbage. Times, Sunday Times (2015)What a precious resource that would have been for the defence at the trial. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Or the width of a post that deprived them of two precious points. Times, Sunday Times (2011)It uses far fewer precious metals than other similar technologies. Times, Sunday Times (2016)There is precious little land in the world further south than this. Times, Sunday Times (2007)There is precious little flowery about me. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Those are the precious moments you remember until the day you die. The Sun (2008)With this in mind make sure not to put in anything too precious that will restrict their use of it. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The soldiers inspected the house, found the hiding place and took all their precious belongings. Times, Sunday Times (2006)We are all disappointed because when you only have five or six games left at home they are all precious and very important. The Sun (2012)
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Translations for 'precious'
British English: precious /ˈprɛʃəs/ ADJECTIVE
If you say that something such as a resource is precious, you mean that it is valuable and should not be wasted or used badly.
A family holiday allows you to spend precious time together.
- American English: precious
- Arabic: نَفِيس
- Brazilian Portuguese: precioso
- Chinese: 宝贵的
- Croatian: dragocjen
- Czech: cenný
- Danish: dyrebar
- Dutch: kostbaar
- European Spanish: precioso valioso
- Finnish: arvokas
- French: précieux
- German: kostbar
- Greek: πολύτιμος
- Italian: prezioso
- Japanese: 貴重な
- Korean: 소중한
- Norwegian: verdifull
- Polish: cenny
- European Portuguese: precioso
- Romanian: prețios
- Russian: драгоценный
- Spanish: precioso preciado
- Swedish: dyrbar
- Thai: ล้ำค่า
- Turkish: değerli
- Ukrainian: цінний
- Vietnamese: quý giá trị
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