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Definition of cradle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cradle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈkreɪdl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkreɪdl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cradle
BrE BrE//ˈkreɪdl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkreɪdl//
 
he / she / it cradles
BrE BrE//ˈkreɪdlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkreɪdlz//
 
past simple cradled
BrE BrE//ˈkreɪdld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkreɪdld//
 
past participle cradled
BrE BrE//ˈkreɪdld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkreɪdld//
 
-ing form cradling
BrE BrE//ˈkreɪdlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkreɪdlɪŋ//
 
 
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cradle somebody/something to hold somebody/something gently in your arms or hands The old man cradled the tiny baby in his arms. She sat with the child cradled against her. Word Origin Old English cradol, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to German Kratte ‘basket’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cradle