fledge(redirected from fledging)
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v. fledged, fledg·ing, fledg·es
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.
1. To grow the plumage necessary for flight.
2. To leave the nest: nestlings that are about to fledge.
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]
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]
Past participle: fledged
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|Verb||1.||fledge - feed, care for, and rear young birds for flight|
|2.||fledge - decorate with feathers; "fledge an arrow"|
|3.||fledge - grow feathers; "The young sparrows are fledging already"|