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

 

orphan

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈɔːfn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrfn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they orphan
BrE BrE//ˈɔːfn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrfn//
 
he / she / it orphans
BrE BrE//ˈɔːfnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrfnz//
 
past simple orphaned
BrE BrE//ˈɔːfnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrfnd//
 
past participle orphaned
BrE BrE//ˈɔːfnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrfnd//
 
-ing form orphaning
BrE BrE//ˈɔːfnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrfnɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] orphan somebody to make a child an orphan She was orphaned in the war. Word Origin late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek orphanos ‘bereaved’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: orphan

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