young

adjective
\ ˈyəŋ How to pronounce young (audio) \
younger\ ˈyəŋ-​gər How to pronounce younger (audio) \; youngest\ ˈyəŋ-​gəst How to pronounce youngest (audio) \

Definition of young

 (Entry 1 of 8)

1a : being in the first or an early stage of life, growth, or development
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
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 How to pronounce Young (audio) \

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 How to pronounce ˈbri-gəm (audio)\ 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

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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 How to pronounce youngish (audio) \ adjective
youngness \ ˈyəŋ-​nəs How to pronounce youngness (audio) \ 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

Despite good intentions, the policy has come under fire for a) restricting a talented young athlete's ability to capitalize on said talent and b) adding pressure to those scant opportunities when teenagers can play. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "10 Big Questions Ahead of the 2019 U.S. Open," 24 Aug. 2019 Alexandria, KY- The Newport Central Catholic-Campbell County game had its share of narratives going into it: NewCath's Stephen Lickert facing his former team for the third time and Campbell County having a fairly young team. Theopolis Caldwell, Cincinnati.com, "Northern Kentucky football: NewCath energy carries Thoroughbreds past Campbell County," 24 Aug. 2019 Sydney's younger sister, Savanna Liddle, was seventh for Floyd Central. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Trinity boys, Manual girls finish team runner-ups at St. X Tiger Run," 24 Aug. 2019 The video features him in bed with a partner, as well as a drag queen and young boy mouthing the lyrics of the song. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Trey Pearson Opens Up About Faith & His Sexuality In 'Hey Jesus' Video," 23 Aug. 2019 Actually, though, young Twain knew some Dickens novels by heart. Terena Bell, Smithsonian, "How to Read Like Mark Twain," 23 Aug. 2019 The most dramatic increases in doubling-up have been among single-parent households with young children and those over age 65. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Number of households who double-up still moving up in Colorado," 22 Aug. 2019 Consumer advocates and child psychologists argue that the packets, most of which are colorful and squishy, are especially attractive to young children and cognitively impaired adults—and have called on the industry to change their design. Fortune, "Laundry Pod Exposures Are Rising for the First Time Since 2015," 21 Aug. 2019 His donation of $15,000 will help to find cures for young children and save lives. Fox News, "Ohio boy donates all $15G in fair winnings to children’s hospital," 20 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Maybe that’s a consequence of a parent dying young who’s been involved in public service and has only been involved in it in a way that’s pretty idealistic. Becky Bohrer, The Seattle Times, "Democrat Begich turns to AK voters 1 more time in guv race," 22 Oct. 2018 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)

: young people
: young animals, birds, etc.

young

adjective
\ ˈyəŋ How to pronounce young (audio) \
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 How to pronounce young (audio) \
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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