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noun [countable] child pronunciation in American English /tʃaɪld/
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  1. 1
    a young person from the time they are born until they are about 14 years old
    The center has places for 30 children.
    The movie is not suitable for young children.
    He can’t understand – he’s just a child.
    1. a.
      [only before noun] for or about children
      a child car seat
      new programs to address the problem of child poverty
    2. b.
      [only before noun] used for showing that the person mentioned is a child
      a child actor
      child workers
  2. 2
    someones son or daughter of any age
    All of our children are grown and married.
    They’re expecting their second child in May.
    See also only child



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