Definition of fledge
of a young bird : to acquire the feathers necessary for flight or independent activity; also : to leave the nest after acquiring such feathers
1 : to rear until ready for flight or independent activity
2 : to cover with or as if with feathers or down
3 : to furnish (something) with feathers feather an arrow
Examples of fledge in a Sentence
The young birds haven't yet fledged.
Recent Examples of fledge from the Web
Semel worked with the city of Waukegan to place ropes and signs around the nesting site to keep humans away so the young can hatch and fledge.
Fortunately for those who don’t want their cellphone to be a full-fledged computer, the major cell providers offer basic cellphones, too.
The ecommerce giant has long been working on its Prime Air flying machine, though strict regulations governing the commercial use of such contraptions means that a full-fledged, drone delivery service is still a ways off.
A video shows Spirit fledging the nest from an oak tree.
The parents accepted the new accommodations, continued feeding and protecting the chicks, and seem well on their way to fledging two green herons in a month or so.
Baidoa itself is controlled by Somalia’s fledging government and African Union troops.
After the babies fledge, the pair sometimes return later to raise a second brood in the same nest.
While outsized venues typically demand outsized names, Levitt’s meat and potatoes will be fledging artists from the local and national music scene who can handle the expectant pressure of a huge, headlining set.
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Definition of fledge for English Language Learners
of a bird : to develop the feathers necessary for flying
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