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adjective     young pronunciation in British English
/jʌŋ/
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adjectiveyoung
comparativeyounger
superlativeyoungest
  1. 1
    someone who is young has lived for only a short time

    She’s married with two young children.

    They told him he was too young to understand.

    1. a.
      looking or behaving in a way that you would expect of a young person

      She has very young hands.

      be/look young for your age (=behave or seem as though you are younger than you really are):

      He’s a nice boy, but very young for his age.

      Denise looks really young for her age, doesn’t she?

    2. b.
      used about things that are suitable for young people

      I’m afraid I think that dress is a little young for you.

  2. 2
    something that is young has existed for only a short time

    It’s still quite a young organization.

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