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fledge

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verb \ˈflej\

Simple Definition of fledge

  • of a bird : to develop the feathers necessary for flying

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fledge

fledged

fledging

of a young bird

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to acquire the feathers necessary for flight or independent activity; also :  to leave the nest after acquiring such feathers

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to rear until ready for flight or independent activity

  5. 2 :  to cover with or as if with feathers or down

  6. 3 :  to furnish (as an arrow) with feathers

Examples of fledge in a sentence

  1. The young birds haven't yet fledged.



Origin and Etymology of fledge

fledge capable of flying, from Middle English flegge, from Old English -flycge; akin to Old High German flucki capable of flying, Old English flēogan to fly — more at fly


First Known Use: 1566



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