nestle

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verb nes·tle \ˈne-səl\

Definition of nestle

nestled

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nestling

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  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  nest 1

  3. 2 :  to settle snugly or comfortably

  4. 3 :  to lie in an inconspicuous or sheltered manner

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to settle, shelter, or house in or as if in a nest the children were nestled all snug in their beds — Clement Moore

  7. 2 :  to press closely and affectionately nestles a kitten in her arms

nestler

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Examples of nestle in a Sentence

  1. He nestled his head against his mother's shoulder.

  2. She carefully nestled the hamster into its cage.

  3. The fly ball nestled into the outfielder's glove.

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Origin and Etymology of nestle

Middle English, from Old English nestlian, from nest


NESTLE Defined for English Language Learners

nestle

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Definition of nestle for English Language Learners

  • : to lie comfortably close to or against someone or something

  • : to place (something) close to, next to, or within something

  • : to land or settle softly into something


NESTLE Defined for Kids

nestle

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verb nes·tle \ˈne-səl\

Definition of nestle for Students

nestled

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nestling

\ˈnes-liŋ, -ə-liŋ\
  1. 1 :  to lie close and snug :  cuddle

  2. 2 :  to be located snugly or in a place not easily noticed The village nestles in a valley.



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