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babynoun [C]

uk   /ˈbeɪ.bi/ us   /ˈbeɪ.bi/
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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babyverb [T]

uk   /ˈbeɪ.bi/ us   /ˈbeɪ.bi/ informal
(Definition of baby from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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babynoun [C]

us   /ˈbeɪ·bi/
a very young child: Sandra had a baby on May 29th. My younger brother is the baby of the family.
Baby can be used to refer to anything young or smaller than usual: baby corn/lima beans
disapproving Baby can also mean someone who is behaving childishly: She complained like a baby about her boyfriend.
infml Baby is an affectionate way of addressing someone.
infml A baby can also be a project or job someone has a special interest in or responsibility for: The new computer system is really Phil’s baby.

babyverb [T]

us   /ˈbeɪ·bi/
to treat an older person like a young child: Some parents baby their children too much. I like to be babied when I’m sick.
(Definition of baby from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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