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noun [countable] nest pronunciation in British English /nest/ 
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singularnest
pluralnests
  1. 1
    a structure that birds make to keep their eggs and babies in
    build a nest:

    Ducks usually build their nests on the ground.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of nest
    1. a.
      a place that insects or small animals such as mice make to live in

      an ants' nest

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of nest
      Synonyms and related words for this sense of nest
    2. b.
      used for referring to a place that is warm, safe, and comfortable

      She made herself a little nest out of blankets.

  2. 3
    a place or situation that is full of bad people or activities
    nest of:

    Officials uncovered a nest of abuse and exploitation.

    a nest of criminals/spies

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