young

adjective
\ˈyəŋ \
younger\ˈyəŋ-gər \; youngest\ˈyəŋ-gəst \

Definition of young 

(Entry 1 of 8)

1a : being in the first or an early stage of life, growth, or development

b : junior sense 1a

c : of an early, tender, or desirable age for use as food or drink fresh young lamb a young wine

2 : having little experience

3a : recently come into being : new a young publishing company

b : youthful sense 5

4 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of youth or a young person young at heart

5 capitalized : representing a new or rejuvenated especially political group or movement

young

noun
plural young

Definition of young (Entry 2 of 8)

1  plural

a : young persons : youth

b : immature offspring used especially of animals

2 : a single recently born or hatched animal

with young
of a female animal

Young

biographical name (1)
\ˈyəŋ \

Definition of Young (Entry 3 of 8)

Andrew Jackson, Jr. 1932–     U.S. ambassador to U.N. (1977–79)

Young

biographical name (2)

Definition of Young (Entry 4 of 8)

Brig*ham \ˈbri-gəm \ 1801–1877 American Mormon leader

Young

biographical name (3)

Definition of Young (Entry 5 of 8)

Cy originally Denton True Young 1867–1955 American baseball player

Young

biographical name (4)

Definition of Young (Entry 6 of 8)

Michael W(arren) 1949–     American geneticist

Young

biographical name (5)

Definition of Young (Entry 7 of 8)

Owen D. 1874–1962 American lawyer

Young

biographical name (6)

Definition of Young (Entry 8 of 8)

Whitney Moore 1921–1971 American civil rights leader

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Other Words from young

Adjective

youngish \ˈyəŋ-ish \ adjective
youngness \ˈyəŋ-nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for young

Synonyms: Adjective

adolescent, immature, juvenile, youngish, youthful

Antonyms: Adjective

adult, grown-up, mature, matured

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Examples of young in a Sentence

Adjective

He looks young for his age. A very nice young man greeted us at the door. Young people today have a lot of opportunities. He dreamed of being an artist when he was young. The movie isn't suitable for young viewers. He's still too young to buy alcohol legally. Our youngest daughter just started school. When I was young,” the man said, “the world was a different place.” The season is still young.

Noun

music that appeals to the young The very young and the elderly are particularly sensitive to the disease. a robin feeding her young The young of a wolf are called pups.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Doing the improbable has been a major part of Erica Shepherd's young golf career. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Center Grove's Erica Shepherd looking for repeat junior title, LPGA future," 14 July 2018 In the first two months of the program, young ER visitors spent more than 80 hours on the iPads, reading more than 430 books, according to Poinciana Medical Center, which is a 76-bed hospital in Kissimmee and part of the HCA hospital chain. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Poinciana Medical Center installs iPads in ER waiting room," 14 July 2018 For six decades, Glamour has honored its College Women of the Year— or CWOTY: an award that focuses on young honorees who are already changemakers in their communities. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "How a Former Glamour College Woman of the Year Helped Break the Alice Johnson Story," 13 July 2018 Today, the look of young love is best expressed with the slide sandal. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Celebrities Are Slipping Into Love Like a Pair of Slide Sandals," 13 July 2018 There is widespread pride about a young and likable team made up of players from diverse backgrounds. NBC News, "England fans proud despite World Cup semifinal loss to Croatia," 12 July 2018 McMillan was in attendance for each of Woodward's postseason games and reached out to Cooper and Thomas about being the nucleus of a young team and adjusting to playing in the highly-competitive CMAC. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Woodward freshman Paul McMillan IV already making a splash with summer play," 12 July 2018 Upon learning of their rescue, many players were quick to offer their support to the young team, including Pogba. SI.com, "Pogba Dedicates Victory to Rescued Thai Football Team After World Cup Semi Final Win Over Belgium," 11 July 2018 But a young team led by a new quarterback coming off a trip to Clemson and a short week of preparation could easily get spooked. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "Why Louisville football can (and can’t) beat Syracuse," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sawyer, my best friend’s kid—to help me figure out what the youngs are into these days. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "A 3-Year-Old Reviews Outdoorsy Kids' Books," 5 July 2018 Snapchat’s core business model and its claim on the fickle attention of addled, low-information consumers (read: the youngs) rests on enabling people to send impulsive, often vulgar missives that then disappear. Daniel Gross, Slate Magazine, "The Donald Trump of IPOs," 6 Feb. 2017 Unfortunately, the youngs were only able to complete one of those very important missions. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "Kylie Jenner Doesn't Want You to Touch Her," 1 Apr. 2016 In the wild, males will sometimes kill the young of another male and replace them with his own. Paul Nicklen, National Geographic, "6 Animals That Are Stellar Stepdads," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of young

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for young

Adjective

Middle English yong, from Old English geong; akin to Old High German jung young, Latin juvenis

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More Definitions for young

young

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of young

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in an early stage of life, growth, or development : not yet old

: recently formed, produced, started, etc.

young

noun

English Language Learners Definition of young (Entry 2 of 2)

the young : young people

: young animals, birds, etc.

young

adjective
\ˈyəŋ \
younger\ˈyəŋ-gər \; youngest\ˈyəŋ-gəst \

Kids Definition of young

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being in the first or an early stage of life, growth, or development young children

2 : lacking in experience That reporter is still young and naive.

3 : recently formed, produced, or come into being : new a young company

4 : youthful sense 1 Grandma says her grandchildren keep her young.

young

noun plural

Kids Definition of young (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : young people It's a story for young and old.

2 : immature or recently born offspring a bear and her young

young

noun
\ˈyəŋ \
plural young

Medical Definition of young 

1 : immature offspring used especially of animals

2 : a single recently born or hatched animal

with young

: pregnant used of a female animal

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