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We deliberated into the evening.
  to think about or discuss — especially with great care
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deliberate deliberations deliberative deliberation deliberated deliberating deliberates deliberator deliberatively
Standard suffix pronunciation:  When a word ends in "ate" and can be used as a verb or a noun/adjective, the last syllable of the word is often pronounced differently depending upon how it is used. The verb is typically pronounced with a long "a" as in the word "ate", but the noun or adjective is typically pronounced with a soft "a" which sounds more like "ut" as in the word "hut".

Deliberate has many reasonably common, but highly diverse senses. Accordingly, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.
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  • We deliberated into the evening.
  • We need to deliberate on this further before making a decision.
  • He blinked a moment at seeing people in the hall, then turned with great deliberation to the meter on the wall.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Their deliberations were short, and it would seem, by the silence of most of the party, the decision unanimous.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans

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  • The sun could have set twice on his deliberations but with his eyes quitting, his farm in Azua now dust and his familia in need, what could he really do?
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • Deliberate thinking is a wonderful tool when we have the luxury of time,
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Edward scrutinized my face while I deliberated.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • "This is not as it should be," Dick deliberated.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • I deliberated for a moment, and decided she meant it.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • I urge you to deliberate honestly and thoughtfully.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men

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  • After much deliberation, my mother asked Mr. Landell to come and dig them all up
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • For we are lovers of the beautiful in our tastes and our strength lies, in our opinion, not in deliberation and discussion, but that knowledge which is gained by discussion preparatory to action.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • The Psychs are deliberating even now When they say the time is right, we’ll remove the Swipe and tell our remaining subjects if they are—or are not—immune to the Flare.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • He deliberated a moment, pursing his lips.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • Maxon deliberated for a minute.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • But, after much deliberation, the two Selected leaving us today are Kesley Timber from Whites and Holden Messenger from Bankston.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Everything was very clear—her surprise at finding the kayak, her moments of deliberation and doubt, then her quick work of bringing the vessel to the water and paddling out of view.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • We came to a T in the road and stopped, the pigeon deliberating between left and right.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • After four seconds of intense deliberation, I was on my way.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • An all-white jury deliberated for ten minutes before convicting George of rape and murder.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • "I think he had a demon in him," the boy said with careful deliberation, as if he’d been thinking about the words for a long time.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Without a second’s deliberation she acted.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • The little man wrote with painful deliberation, finally finished with both Milo and Tock, and looked up happily.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • The color scheme for the bridesmaids’ dresses was under deliberation.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • After deliberating for a long moment, I choose a swirl of pink watermelon and green apple.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • This time he will fire with more deliberation, with far more care.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Finally, after long and tortured deliberation, he came out with a word.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • In our time together he does not pace or tug his hair; he moves slowly, gently, with great deliberation.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Jason had to stop deliberating and take what he wanted.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • "The Widow MacNab," he replied, with deliberation.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • At first —" he deliberated several moments over another piece of veneer, then put it in the maybe pile—"at first he told me I’d have to take a year off—four years, five, however long it took—and earn the rest of my college money the hard way.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • HALE, nods, deliberating this.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • They had watched her painful deliberations over when and how to give her parents the news that she wasn’t coming home.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • I was not a father and thus will make no pretense at understanding the anguished deliberations that led to Saboor’s decision.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • I proceeded with great deliberation.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Other books were produced, and after some deliberation he chose Fordyce’s Sermons.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • After a lot of deliberation, he decided to keep his mouth shut and went running with Minho for his second day of training, below a bleak and colorless sky.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • I am truly thankful that she is to be left out of our future work, and even of our deliberations.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Even the simplest choice, like whether to have a Touch-Tone telephone or a rotary one, required enormous, painstaking deliberation.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • But the interval I spent in deliberating what to say, was a fatal one.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • After long deliberation, Otto Frank decided to fulfill his daughter’s wish and publish her diary.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • This hideous murder accomplished, I set myself forthwith, and with entire deliberation, to the task of concealing the body.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • I dined, myself, while those numskulls were deliberating which world you should belong to—this, or some other.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Grandchildren, then, the woman insists, and so after more deliberation they pick out three ebony elephants for the children of the children.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • After much deliberation, however, he consented to make a trial; and ever since that period, he has acted as a lecturing agent, under the auspices either of the American or the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • He kept his word; twice a day he cast out, through the barred aperture, the provisions his jailer brought him—at first gayly, then with deliberation, and at last with regret.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He stopped speaking, and she seemed to be deliberating something.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • He seemed to be deliberating.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • On mature deliberation, it was decided that the whole family should go, for some years, to France; whither they sailed, carrying Emmeline with them.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • ’You needn’t mind sending up to me, if the child cries, nurse,’ said the surgeon, putting on his gloves with great deliberation.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
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