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English noun: cradle

1. cradle (artifact) a baby bed with sides and rockers

Broader (hypernym)baby bed, baby's bed

Part holonymrocker

2. cradle (location) where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence

SamplesThe birthplace of civilization.

Synonymsbirthplace, place of origin, provenance, provenience

Broader (hypernym)beginning, origin, root, rootage, source

3. cradle (time) birth of a person

SamplesHe was taught from the cradle never to cry.

Broader (hypernym)birth

4. cradle (artifact) a trough that can be rocked back and forth; used by gold miners to shake auriferous earth in water in order to separate the gold


Broader (hypernym)trough

English verb: cradle

1. cradle (contact) hold gently and carefully

SamplesHe cradles the child in his arms.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)hold, take hold

2. cradle (social) bring up from infancy

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bring up, nurture, parent, raise, rear

3. cradle (motion) hold or place in or as if in a cradle

SamplesHe cradled the infant in his arms.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)hold, take hold

4. cradle (contact) cut grain with a cradle scythe

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cut

5. cradle (contact) wash in a cradle

SamplesCradle gold.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)launder, wash

6. cradle (competition) run with the stick

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)play

Domain categorylacrosse

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