fledge

verb \ ˈflej \

Definition of fledge

fledged; fledging
intransitive verb
of a young bird :to acquire the feathers necessary for flight or independent activity; also :to leave the nest after acquiring such feathers
transitive verb
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

  1. The young birds haven't yet fledged.

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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


FLEDGE Defined for English Language Learners

fledge

verb

Definition of fledge for English Language Learners

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



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