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baby

noun [C] uk   /ˈbeɪ.bi/ us  
A1 a very young child, especially one that has not yet begun to walk or talk: a newborn baby a six-week-old baby a baby boy baby clothes baby food Sandra had a baby (= gave birth to it) on 29 May. Owen is the baby (= the youngest person) of the family.A2 a very young animal: a baby elephant/monkey disapproving an adult or especially an older child who is crying or behaving like a child: It didn't hurt that much - don't be such a baby! mainly US a word you can use when you are talking to someone you love such as your wife, husband, partner, etc.: Oh baby, I love you.baby carrot, sweetcorn, etc. a type of vegetable that is specially grown to stay small informal Someone's baby is something that they have a special interest in and responsibility for: I don't know much about the project - it's Philip's baby.
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verb [T] uk   /ˈbeɪ.bi/ informal us  
to treat an older child as if he or she were a much younger child: The boys were now ten and twelve and didn't want their mother to baby them.
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