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nestnoun [C]

us   /nest/
a structure or other place where creatures, esp. birds, give birth or leave their eggs to develop
nest
verb [I] us   /nest/
Swallows are nesting in our apple tree.
(Definition of nest from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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nestnoun [C]

uk   /nest/ us   /nest/
  • nest noun [C] (HOME)

C2 a structure built by birds or insects to leave their eggs in to develop, and by some other animals to give birth or live in: a bird's nest a wasps'/hornets' nest a rat's nest Cuckoos are famous for laying their eggs in the nests of other birds. The alligators build their nests out of grass near the water's edge.
a comfortable home: One day the children grow up and leave the nest.
a place where something unpleasant or unwanted has developed: The diplomats have been sent home because their embassy has become a nest of spies.

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nestverb [I]

uk   /nest/ us   /nest/
(Definition of nest from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “nest”
in Korean 둥지…
in Arabic عُش…
in Malaysian sarang…
in French nid…
in Russian гнездо…
in Chinese (Traditional) 家, (鳥類或昆蟲的)窩,巢, (某些動物的)穴…
in Italian nido…
in Turkish kuş yuvası, yuva…
in Polish gniazdo…
in Spanish nido, anidar…
in Vietnamese tổ chim…
in Portuguese ninho…
in Thai รังนก…
in German das Nest…
in Catalan niu…
in Japanese (鳥などの)巣…
in Chinese (Simplified) 家, (鸟类或昆虫的)窝,巢, 某些动物的穴…
in Indonesian sarang…
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