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Definition 1: extremely - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where precious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there is precious little time left

Synonyms for precious in the sense of this definition

(precious is used in the usage domain ...) a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies

"`up' in `finished up' is an intensifier" "`honestly' in `I honestly don't know' is an intensifier"

Definition 2: obviously contrived to charm - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where precious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an insufferably precious performance
  • a child with intolerably cute mannerisms

Synonyms for precious in the sense of this definition

(precious is similar to ...) marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft

"the artful dodger" "an artful choice of metaphors"

Definition 3: characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where precious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a cherished friend
  • children are precious
  • a treasured heirloom
  • so good to feel wanted

Synonyms for precious in the sense of this definition

(precious is similar to ...) held dear

"his loved companion of many years"

Definition 4: of high worth or cost - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where precious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are precious stones

(precious is similar to ...) having great material or monetary value especially for use or exchange

"a valuable diamond"

Definition 5: held in great esteem for admirable qualities especially of an intrinsic nature - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where precious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a valued friend
  • precious memories

Synonyms for precious in the sense of this definition

(precious is similar to ...) having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable

"a worthy fellow" "a worthy cause"

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