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

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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

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Definition of Young (Entry 7 of 8)

Owen D. 1874–1962 American lawyer

Young

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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

John, the oldest, and his brother Chuck were sent to a state home and later rotated through numerous foster homes, while Mike, the youngest, lived with relatives. Anne M. Hamilton, courant.com, "He Brought His Skill For Teaching, Knack For Colonial Buildings To Coventry," 15 July 2018 What soccer allowed Bacca is much like what the World Cup offers younger, poorer, less powerful nations: the possibility of competing with and besting the world’s traditional winners. Kanishk Tharoor, The Atlantic, "The Elusive Underdog Magic of the World Cup," 14 July 2018 Our goal is to build our team organically and around our young guys who were drafted by the team and to get better. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Kevin Knox, Wendell Carter Jr., and Midsummer Hope for the Knicks and Bulls," 13 July 2018 Casey brings a reputation of playing young guys and letting them work through mistakes. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Coach O's words soothed Detroit Pistons' Henry Ellenson in trying year," 13 July 2018 This group is one of the youngest in the World Cup, and many were on the team that lost to the 2016 European Championship at home to Portugal. Ed Barkowitz, Philly.com, "Atlantic City bookies offer odds and props for Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia," 13 July 2018 Fantasy Rookie of the Year: Akrum Wadley, RB Wadley is a younger, healthier version of Lewis and when the veteran eventually misses time, the rookie will step in and produce in most PPR leagues. Eddie Brown, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fantasy Football 2018: Tennessee Titans Preview," 13 July 2018 But Everlane—which targets a young, female, mostly millennial audience like Aritzia—already has a substantial cult following through its social channels and pop-up stores around the country. Rachel King, Fortune, "Meghan Markle Is Being Credited With Boosting Aritzia's Earnings. But Is the 'Meghan Effect' Real?," 13 July 2018 Soria’s free-agent deal was a departure from loading the bullpen with younger, cheap, power arms. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The State of the Royals, Part 1 of 2: How did they get here?," 12 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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