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fledge

 (flĕj)
v. fledged, fledg·ing, fledg·es
v.tr.
1. To raise (a young bird) until it is ready to leave the nest: a pair of ducks that fledged several young.
2. To cover with or as if with feathers.
3. Archaic To provide (an arrow) with feathers.
v.intr.
1. To grow the plumage necessary for flight.
2. To leave the nest: nestlings that are about to fledge.

[Probably from obsolete fledge, feathered, from Middle English flegge, from Old English *flycge; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.]

fledge

(flɛdʒ)
vb
1. (Zoology) (tr) to feed and care for (a young bird) until it is able to fly
2. (Archery) (tr) Also called: fletch to fit (something, esp an arrow) with a feather or feathers
3. (Zoology) (intr) (of a young bird) to grow feathers
4. (tr) to cover or adorn with or as if with feathers
[Old English -flycge, as in unflycge unfledged; related to Old High German flucki able to fly; see fly1]

fledge

(flɛdʒ)

v.t.
1. to bring up (a young bird) until it is able to fly.
2. to furnish with or as if with feathers.
3. to provide (an arrow) with feathers.
v.i.
4. (of a young bird) to acquire the feathers necessary for flight.
[1350–1400; Middle English flegge (fully-)fledged, Old English *flecge, as variant of -flycge]
fledge′less, adj.

fledge


Past participle: fledged
Gerund: fledging

Imperative
fledge
fledge
Present
I fledge
you fledge
he/she/it fledges
we fledge
you fledge
they fledge
Preterite
I fledged
you fledged
he/she/it fledged
we fledged
you fledged
they fledged
Present Continuous
I am fledging
you are fledging
he/she/it is fledging
we are fledging
you are fledging
they are fledging
Present Perfect
I have fledged
you have fledged
he/she/it has fledged
we have fledged
you have fledged
they have fledged
Past Continuous
I was fledging
you were fledging
he/she/it was fledging
we were fledging
you were fledging
they were fledging
Past Perfect
I had fledged
you had fledged
he/she/it had fledged
we had fledged
you had fledged
they had fledged
Future
I will fledge
you will fledge
he/she/it will fledge
we will fledge
you will fledge
they will fledge
Future Perfect
I will have fledged
you will have fledged
he/she/it will have fledged
we will have fledged
you will have fledged
they will have fledged
Future Continuous
I will be fledging
you will be fledging
he/she/it will be fledging
we will be fledging
you will be fledging
they will be fledging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fledging
you have been fledging
he/she/it has been fledging
we have been fledging
you have been fledging
they have been fledging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fledging
you will have been fledging
he/she/it will have been fledging
we will have been fledging
you will have been fledging
they will have been fledging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fledging
you had been fledging
he/she/it had been fledging
we had been fledging
you had been fledging
they had been fledging
Conditional
I would fledge
you would fledge
he/she/it would fledge
we would fledge
you would fledge
they would fledge
Past Conditional
I would have fledged
you would have fledged
he/she/it would have fledged
we would have fledged
you would have fledged
they would have fledged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.fledge - feed, care for, and rear young birds for flight
parent, bring up, nurture, rear, raise - bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children"
2.fledge - decorate with feathers; "fledge an arrow"
adorn, decorate, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify - make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"
3.fledge - grow feathers; "The young sparrows are fledging already"
acquire, develop, produce, grow, get - come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes); "He grew a beard"; "The patient developed abdominal pains"; "I got funny spots all over my body"; "Well-developed breasts"
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