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noun youth pronunciation in British English /juːθ/ 
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singularyouth
pluralyouths
  1. 1
    [uncountable] the time in someone's life when they are young

    In his youth, he had travelled and seen much of the world.

    the energy/enthusiasm/innocence of youth

    relive/recapture your youth:

    The visit was more than just a chance to relive her youth.

    misspent youth (=time spent doing silly or bad things when you are young):

    Adults who choose to go to college in later life are perhaps making up for a misspent youth.

  2. 2
    [countable] a male teenager, especially one involved in violent or criminal activities

    a gang of youths

    1. a.
      [uncountable] young people in general

      Sport provides a way for the nation's youth to express themselves.

      youth culture/unemployment/training

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