Fledge meaning

flĕj
To fledge is defined as to grow the feathers necessary to fly, or to take care of a baby bird until it can fly.

An example of fledge is for a young swallow to get the feathers needed to help it fly.

An example of fledge is for a mother bird to tend to her chicks in a nest.

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To grow the plumage necessary for flight.
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To grow the plumage necessary for flight.
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To grow the feathers necessary for flying.
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To rear (a young bird) until it is able to fly.
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To care for a young bird until it is capable of flight.
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(intransitive) To grow, cover or be covered with feathers.
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To decorate with feathers.
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(archaic) Feathered; furnished with feathers or wings; able to fly.
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To take care of (a young bird) until it is ready to fly.
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To cover with or as if with feathers.
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To provide (an arrow) with feathers.
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To supply or adorn with or as if with feathers or down; specif., to fit (an arrow, etc.) with feathers.
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To raise a young bird until it is ready to leave the nest.

A pair of ducks that fledged several young.

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To leave the nest.

Nestlings that are about to fledge.

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Origin of fledge

  • Probably from obsolete fledge feathered from Middle English flegge from Old English flycge pleu- in Indo-European roots

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