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cradle

noun [C] uk   /ˈkreɪ.dl̩/ us  

cradle noun [C] (BED)

a small bed for a baby, especially one that moves from side to side: The nurse rocked the cradle.

cradle noun [C] (PHONE)

the object that you put a phone, camera, etc. into in order to recharge (= put power into) its batteries or connect it to a computer

cradle noun [C] (EQUIPMENT)

UK ( US scaffold) a frame that hangs on the side of a building, ship, etc. for people to work from

cradle

verb [T] uk   /ˈkreɪ.dl̩/ us  
to hold something or someone gently, especially by supporting with the arms: She cradled him tenderly in her arms.
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