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fledglingfledg‧ling1, fledgeling /ˈfledʒlɪŋ/ noun [countable]  HBBa young bird that is learning to fly
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fledglingLast year there were 80 breeding pairs which produced 100 fledglings - they are now being studied by Durham University.
fledglingfledgling2, fledgeling adjective [only before noun]  NEWa fledgling state or organization has only recently been formed and is still developinginfant a fledgling republic
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fledglingIt seems he gave the fledgling architect his head.The agreement angered the Bush administration which was philosophically opposed to the government becoming a venture capitalist for fledgling companies.Peter was clearly a good deal less intimidated than some of his fledgling contemporaries.At first, Roukoubé was the only baby in their fledgling enterprise.Computing becomes an end in itself as the fledgling hacker gets sucked into the loop between the human and the computer.There is room for further co-operation between them, as well as with new, fledgling national clearinghouses.In New York a fledgling needle-exchange programme was scrapped last February.Democratic reforms are beginning to take hold in this fledgling republic.Jonathan Powell, 44, will join the fledgling station before its broadcasting debut on January 1.
From Longman Business Dictionaryfledglingfledg‧ling /ˈfledʒlɪŋ/ (also fledgeling) adjective [only before a noun] a fledgling company is fairly newIn 1953, Akio Morita’s fledgling company, Sony, was able to buy a licence from Western Electric to develop transistor technology.The group hopes to grow its revenues by expanding its fledgeling US retail funds business.
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