Cradle Definition

krādl
cradled, cradles, cradling
noun
cradles
A baby's small bed, usually on rockers.
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The earliest period of one's life; infancy.
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The place of a thing's beginning or early development.
The cradle of civilization.
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A place of rest.
Rocked in the cradle of the deep.
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A framework of wood or metal used to support something, such as a ship undergoing construction or repair.
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verb
cradled, cradles, cradling
To lie in or as in a cradle.
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To place, rock, or hold in or as in a cradle.
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To take care of in infancy; nurture.
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To hold or support protectively.
Cradled the cat in his arms.
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In hockey, to keep possession of (the puck) by moving the stick back and forth to prevent the puck from sliding away.
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adjective
From birth or by way of upbringing.
A cradle Catholic, one's cradle language.
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idiom
rob the cradle
  • to take as one's sweetheart or one's spouse a person much younger than oneself
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Other Word Forms of Cradle

Noun

Singular:
cradle
Plural:
cradles

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Cradle

Origin of Cradle

  • Middle English cradel from Old English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English cradol.

    From Wiktionary

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