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beautiful

adjective
     
beau‧ti‧ful S1 W2
1 someone or something that is beautiful is extremely attractive to look at:
She was even more beautiful than I had remembered.
a beautiful bunch of flowers
2 very good or giving you great pleasure [= lovely]:
beautiful music
What a beautiful shot!
The weather was beautiful.
beautifully adverb
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beautiful, pretty, handsome, good-looking, attractive, gorgeous, stunning
beautiful is used to describe someone, usually a woman or child, who is attractive in a very special and noticeable way.pretty is usually used to describe a girl or woman who is good-looking, with regular features. It can also be used to describe a boy or young man who has an attractive but feminine face.handsome is usually used to describe a man or boy who is good-looking, with strong regular features. It can also be used to describe a woman, usually an older woman, who has attractive but masculine features.good-looking can be used to describe anyone who you think is nice to look at. attractive is used to describe someone who looks good in a way that attracts sexual interest I can see he's handsome, but I don't find him very attractive.gorgeous and stunning are emphatic ways of saying that someone is very attractive. Gorgeous is used mostly in spoken English.

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