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Definition of cradle noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a small bed for a baby that can be pushed gently from side to side She rocked the baby to sleep in his cradle.
  2. 2[usually singular] cradle of something the place where something important began Greece, the cradle of Western civilization
  3. 3the part of a telephone on which the receiver rests
  4. Idioms
    from the cradle to the grave
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    a way of referring to the whole of a person's life, from birth until death
    rob the cradle (informal)
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    to have a sexual relationship with a much younger person
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cradle