delicate collocations and examples

 UK /ˈdelɪkət/

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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 an attractive way: beautifully, exquisitely, wonderfullyThe veil is made of wonderfully delicate black 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.

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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