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verb     nest pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participlenesting
past tensenested
past participlenested
  1. 1
    [intransitive] if a bird nests, it builds or uses a nest, especially to keep its eggs and babies in

    Do not disturb nesting birds or other wildlife.

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  2. 2
    [transitive] to organize information so that one part is contained inside another
    1. a.
      computing to put information inside a computer program that contains other information of the same type


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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