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"young" in British English

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youngadjective

uk   us   /jʌŋ/
A1 having ​lived or ​existed for only a ​shorttime and not ​old: young ​adults/​children His girlfriend's very young. The ​trees in this ​part of the ​forest are still ​fairly young. Philippa is the youngest ​person in the ​family. Angela is two ​years younger than Clare. suitable for young ​people: young ​fashion/​ideas Be ​honest now - do you ​think this ​dress is a ​bit/too young for me (= is more ​suitable for someone younger)?look young for your age to ​look younger than you really are

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youngnoun [plural]

uk   us   /jʌŋ/
the young B2 young ​peopleconsidered together as a ​group: I have nothing against ​miniskirts, but I ​think they're ​strictly for the young. the ​babies of an ​animal: Meanwhile, the ​motherflies back to the ​nest to ​feed her young.
(Definition of young from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"young" in American English

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youngadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /jʌŋ/
(esp. of something ​living) at an early ​stage of ​development or ​existence; not ​old: Young ​children should not be ​leftalone at ​home. I ​work with ​wonderful young ​peoplemostly in ​their late ​teens. The new ​lawcreates a new driver’s ​license for those as young as 14.

youngplural noun

 us   /jʌŋ/
young ​people in ​general: Society can ​provide the young with ​valuableopportunities to ​helptheircommunities. Young are the ​babies of an ​animal: The ​birdflew back to the ​nest to ​feed her young.
(Definition of young from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “young”
in Korean 어린…
in Arabic شاب, يافِع…
in Malaysian muda…
in French jeune…
in Russian молодой, юный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 幼小的, 年輕的, (適合)年輕人的…
in Italian giovane…
in Turkish genç…
in Polish młody…
in Spanish joven…
in Vietnamese non, trẻ…
in Portuguese jovem…
in Thai เยาว์วัย…
in German jung…
in Catalan jove…
in Japanese (人や生物が)若い…
in Chinese (Simplified) 幼小的, 年轻的, (适合)年轻人的…
in Indonesian muda…
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