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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 hasn't any family. He's American but his family (= relatives in the past) come/comes from Ireland. This film is good family entertainment (= something that can be enjoyed by parents and children together). How does family life (= being married, having children, etc.) suit you? 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 Alison 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.

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.
(Definition of family from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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