delicate collocations and examples

 UK /ˈdelɪkət/

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1

having small parts or details, and not very strong


Adverbs frequently used with delicate
very: extremely, incredibly, particularly, quite, so informal, veryJellyfish are extremely delicate and easily damaged.rather: fairly, rather, somewhatIt is a rather delicate looking butterfly.in an attractive way: beautifully, exquisitely, wonderfullyThe veil is made of wonderfully delicate black lace.in a surprising way: surprisinglyHe has a surprisingly delicate face, for a man.
Other nouns/adjectives/verbs frequently used with delicate
beautiful, fragile, intricate, light, pale, soft, subtle, thinThe fine wire is then shaped into delicate and intricate designs.
2

needing careful treatment in order avoid problems or embarrassment


Adverbs frequently used with delicate
very: exceptionally, extremely, incredibly, particularly, so, veryThis is a very delicate situation.rather: fairly, quite, rather, somewhatIt is a somewhat delicate matter to refuse a gift.politically: politicallyThey were discussing the politically delicate question of the managing and controlling security.
Nouns frequently used with delicate
subject that must be discussed or dealt with: issue, matter, question, situation, subjectWe haven’t yet discussed the delicate issue of your fee.job that must be done: negotiations, operation, process, taskAfter delicate negotiations with the government, the project was approved.
 
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