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Meaning of FLEDGE

Pronunciation:  flej

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  grow feathers, of birds; "A fledgling sparrow fell out of its nest"
  2. [v]  decorate with feathers, as of an arrow or dart
  3. [v]  feed, care for, and rear young birds for flight

FLEDGE is a 6 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: feather, flight
 See Also: acquire, adorn, beautify, bring up, decorate, develop, embellish, get, grace, grow, nurture, ornament, parent, produce, raise, rear



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fledge\, a. [OE. flegge, flygge; akin to D. vlug, G.
    fl["u]gge, fl["u]cke, OHG. flucchi, Icel. fleygr, and to E.
    fly. [root]84. See {Fly}, v. i.]
    Feathered; furnished with feathers or wings; able to fly.
          His shoulders, fledge with wings.        --Milton.
  2. \Fledge\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Fledged}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Fledging}.]
    1. To furnish with feathers; to supply with the feathers
       necessary for flight.
             The birds were not as yet fledged enough to shift
             for themselves.                       --L'Estrange.
    2. To furnish or adorn with any soft covering.
             Your master, whose chin is not yet fledged. --Shak.
Thesaurus Terms
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