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English definition of “cradle”

cradle

noun [C]  /ˈkreɪ·dəl/ us  

cradle noun [C] (BED)

a small bed for a baby, esp. one with raised sides that can be pushed gently so that it moves from side to side

cradle

verb [T]  /ˈkreɪ·dəl/ us  

cradle verb [T] (SUPPORT)

to hold someone or something gently: Joe cradled his cup of coffee and began to speak.
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