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familynoun

uk   /ˈfæm.əl.i/ us   /ˈfæm.əl.i/
  • 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.
(Definition of family from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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familynoun

us   /ˈfæm·ə·li, ˈfæm·li/
  • family noun (PARENTS AND CHILDREN)

[C/U] a social group of parents, children, and sometimes grandparents, uncles, aunts, and others who are related: [C] Her family moved here when she was eleven. [U] Many people cope with the demands of both career and family. [C] She wants to get married and have a family (= have children).
  • family noun (BIOLOGICAL TYPE)

biology [C] a large group of related types of animals or plants: The lion is a member of the cat family.
(Definition of family from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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