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family

noun uk   /ˈfæm.əl.i/ us  

family noun (SOCIAL GROUP)

A1 [C or U + sing/pl verb] a group of people who are related to each other, such as a mother, a father, and their children: A new family has/have moved in next door. I come from a large family - I have three brothers and two sisters. He doesn't have any family. He's American but his family (= relatives in the past) come/comes from Ireland. This movie is good family entertainment (= something that can be enjoyed by parents and children together). How do you like family life (= being married, having children, etc.)?B1 [C usually singular, U + sing/pl verb] the children of a family: Women shouldn't have to choose between career and family (= having children). Paul and Ana are hoping to start a family (= have children) soon. My dad died when we were small so my mum raised the family on her own. [C, + sing/pl verb] a pair of adult animals and their babies: We've got a family of squirrels living in our garden.
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family noun (BIOLOGICAL GROUP)

[C] specialized biology a large group of related types of animal or plant: The lion is a member of the cat family.
Translations of “family”
in Korean 가족, 자녀…
in Arabic عائِلة…
in French famille…
in Turkish aile, soy, ailede çocuklar…
in Italian famiglia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 社會群體, 家,家庭, 子女…
in Russian семья, дети, семейство (растений…
in Polish rodzina, dzieci…
in Spanish familia…
in Portuguese família…
in German die Familie, Familien……
in Catalan família, prole…
in Japanese 家族, 一家…
in Chinese (Simplified) 社会群体, 家,家庭, 子女…
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