Meaning of “cradle” in the English Dictionary

"cradle" in British English

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cradlenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkreɪ.dəl/ us /ˈkreɪ.dəl/

cradleverb [ T ]

uk /ˈkreɪ.dəl/ us /ˈkreɪ.dəl/

(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 small bed for a baby, esp. one with raised sides that can be pushed gently 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)