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child

  

      n   pl   , children  
1   
a    a boy or girl between birth and puberty  
b    (as modifier)  
child labour     
2    a baby or infant  
3    an unborn baby  
   Related prefix       paedo-  
4    with child      another term for       pregnant  
5    a human offspring; a son or daughter  
   Related adj       filial  
6    a childish or immature person  
7    a member of a family or tribe; descendant  
a child of Israel     
8    a person or thing regarded as the product of an influence or environment  
a child of nature     
9      (Midland and western English)  
dialect   a female infant  
     (Old English cild; related to Gothic kilthei womb, Sanskrit jathara belly, jartu womb)  
  childless      adj  
  childlessness      n  
  childly      adj  


child abuse  
      n   physical, sexual, or emotional ill-treatment or neglect of a child, esp. by those responsible for its welfare  
   See also       nonaccidental injury  
child-abuse register  
      n     (Social welfare)   (in Britain) a list of children deemed to be at risk of abuse or injury from their parents or guardians, compiled and held by a local authority, area health authority, or NSPCC Special Unit,   (Also called)    NAI register  
child-bearing  
      n  
a    the act or process of carrying and giving birth to a child  
b    (as modifier)  
of child-bearing age     
child benefit  
      n   (in Britain and New Zealand) a regular government payment to the parents of children up to a certain age  
child guidance  
      n   the counselling of emotionally disturbed children  
child labour  
      n   the full-time employment of children below a minimum age laid down by statute  
child minder  
      n   a person who looks after children, esp. those whose parents are working  
child's play  
      n  
Informal   something that is easy to do  
foster child  
      n   a child looked after temporarily or brought up by people other than its natural or adoptive parents  
inner child  
      n     (Psychol)   the part of the psyche believed to retain feelings as they were experienced in childhood  
latchkey child  
      n   a child who has to let himself in at home on returning from school, as his parents are out at work  
love child  
      n  
Euphemistic   an illegitimate child; bastard  
Moon Child  
      n      a euphemistic name for       Cancer       2b  
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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
n.
child pornography
n.
child care provided by foster parents
n.
a care order is an official instruction (made by a judge or magistrate) that a child should be taken into care
n.
[child] to be sent to a care organization run by the social services, or to be looked after by foster parents
v.
avoid or at least minimize risks ; choose the safest way in case of doubt
to be on the safe side ; play safe

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