cradle Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"cradle" in British English

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cradlenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkreɪ.dl̩/

cradle noun [C] (BED)

a ​smallbed 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

cradle noun [C] (EQUIPMENT)

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

cradleverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈkreɪ.dl̩/
to ​hold something or someone ​gently, ​especially by ​supporting with the ​arms: She cradled him ​tenderly in her arms.
(Definition of cradle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cradle" in American English

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cradlenoun [C]

 us   /ˈkreɪ·dəl/

cradle noun [C] (BED)

a ​smallbed for a ​baby, esp. one with ​raisedsides that can be ​pushedgently so that it moves from ​side to ​side

cradleverb [T]

 us   /ˈkreɪ·dəl/

cradle verb [T] (SUPPORT)

to ​hold someone or something ​gently: Joe cradled his ​cup of ​coffee and ​began to ​speak.
(Definition of cradle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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