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cradle

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Babies, Telephone, telegraph
cradlecra‧dle1 /ˈkreΙͺdl/ noun πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 BEDDHB[countable] a small bed for a baby, especially one that moves gently from side to side β†’ cot πŸ”Š She rocked the cradle to quieten the child.2 β†’ the cradle of something3 β†’ from (the) cradle to (the) grave4 BEGINNING[singular] the beginning of something πŸ”Š Like most Catholic children, he had heard stories of Ireland from the cradle.5 TBC[countable] a structure that is used to lift something heavy up or down πŸ”Š a window-cleaner’s cradle6 TCT[countable] the part of a telephone where you put the receiver when you are not using it πŸ”Š She replaced the receiver on the cradle. β†’ cat's cradle, β†’ rob the cradle at rob(5)
Examples from the Corpus
cradleβ€’ The baby rested peacefully in his cradle.β€’ Out of nowhere came a gold incense cradle.β€’ Jane put Chantal down in her makeshift cradle in the corner and hastily tidied herself up.β€’ When the telephone rang, it was like a rude interruption into a special cradle of time.β€’ In it was a single bed and also the cradle in which she and Jessie had lain many years ago.β€’ Ancient Athens is generally thought of as the cradle of democracy.β€’ Baghdad, the cradle of civilizationβ€’ He put the phone down on the cradle and stared at it.β€’ When we hear Frau Braun coming, I hastily drop the gauze over the cradle and hide behind the partition.β€’ Yearning made a warm cradle in her stomach.β€’ I curse myself for not strangling you in your cradle.rocked ... cradleβ€’ If she cried he rocked the cradle and sang to her tunelessly.from the cradleβ€’ They are electrically powered and operate from supports built on rails with vertical and horizontal movement controlled from the cradle.β€’ Her life, comparative ease from the cradle up; she had to thank her father.β€’ Because you've been crackers about Christopher, in love with him from the cradle.β€’ He had heard stories of Ireland from the cradle, as most Catholic children had.β€’ Practices which have characterised the details of your daily living from the cradle upwards are dealt a swift and final blow.β€’ The state now provided something of a protective safety net from the cradle to the grave.
cradlecradle2 verb [transitive] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 PROTECTto hold something gently, as if to protect it πŸ”Š John cradled the baby in his arms.β–Ί see thesaurus at hug2 to hold a telephone receiver by putting it between your ear and your shoulder πŸ”Š She hunched over the desk, telephone cradled at her neck.β†’ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
cradleβ€’ Inside, John lay cradling a pillow in the dark.β€’ The elements it cradles are in a dynamic equilibrium with the cycling composition of the atmosphere and water and biosphere.β€’ Sitting down beside her, Michele pulled her on to his knee, cradling her as one would a child.β€’ But next instant, he came closer and his fingers cradled her face, the box in her hands keeping them apart.β€’ She felt the soldier's hand gently cradle her face.β€’ Once she was seated, he put his arms around her, cradling her fair head against his chest.β€’ His arm was cradled in a sling.β€’ Tamara was safely cradled in her mother's arms.β€’ I cradled the bottom of the paper bag containing my lamb chops.β€’ I scissored my legs closed, wanting to keep my child cradled within me, safe.
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Verb table
cradle
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theycradle
he, she, itcradles
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theycradled
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave cradled
he, she, ithas cradled
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad cradled
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill cradle
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have cradled
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam cradling
he, she, itis cradling
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you, we, theyare cradling
Past
I, he, she, itwas cradling
you, we, theywere cradling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been cradling
he, she, ithas been cradling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been cradling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be cradling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been cradling
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