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"young" in British English

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uk   /jʌŋ/  us   /jʌŋ/
A1 having lived or existed for only a short time 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   /jʌŋ/  us   /jʌŋ/
the young
B2 young people considered 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 mother flies 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 left alone at home. I work with wonderful young people mostly in their late teens. The new law creates 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 valuable opportunities to help their communities.
Young are the babies of an animal: The bird flew 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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“young” in British English

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