1 adjective
1 precious memories or possessions are important to you because they are connected with people you like or events in your life: The doll is very precious to me because it was my mother's.
2 something that is precious is valuable and important and should not be wasted or used without care: Don't waste precious time talking to him, he's not worth it.
3 rare and worth a lot of money: a precious jewel
4 (only before noun) spoken used to show that you are annoyed that someone seems to care too much about something: Your precious career is becoming more important than your family.
5 someone who is precious is formal and unnatural because they are trying too hard to be perfect
— preciously adverb — preciousness noun (U) 2 adverb informal precious little/few very little or very few: He has precious little experience of computing.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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