- 1[intransitive] to make and use a nest Thousands of seabirds are nesting on the cliffs.
- 2[transitive] nest something (specialist) to put types of information together, or inside each other, so that they form a single unit Word Origin Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Latin nidus, from the Indo-European bases of nether (meaning ‘down’) and sit.
BrE BrE//nest//; NAmE NAmE//nest//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nest
BrE BrE//nest//; NAmE NAmE//nest//he / she / it nests
BrE BrE//nests//; NAmE NAmE//nests//past simple nested
BrE BrE//ˈnestɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnestɪd//past participle nested
BrE BrE//ˈnestɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnestɪd//-ing form nesting
BrE BrE//ˈnestɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnestɪŋ//