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Meaning & Definition of Cradle in English

English

Cradle

/kredəl/

noun

1. A baby bed with sides and rockers

    synonym:
  • cradle

2. Where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence

  • "The birthplace of civilization"
    synonym:
  • birthplace
  • ,
  • cradle
  • ,
  • place of origin
  • ,
  • provenance
  • ,
  • provenience

3. Birth of a person

  • "He was taught from the cradle never to cry"
    synonym:
  • cradle

4. A trough that can be rocked back and forth

  • Used by gold miners to shake auriferous earth in water in order to separate the gold
    synonym:
  • rocker
  • ,
  • cradle

verb

1. Hold gently and carefully

  • "He cradles the child in his arms"
    synonym:
  • cradle

2. Bring up from infancy

    synonym:
  • cradle

3. Hold or place in or as if in a cradle

  • "He cradled the infant in his arms"
    synonym:
  • cradle

4. Cut grain with a cradle scythe

    synonym:
  • cradle

5. Wash in a cradle

  • "Cradle gold"
    synonym:
  • cradle

6. Run with the stick

    synonym:
  • cradle

Examples of using

Africa is the cradle of humanity.
Greece was the cradle of western civilization.
The baby was sleeping in the cradle.