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

     

    cocoon

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    verb
    BrE BrE//kəˈkuːn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈkuːn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cocoon
    BrE BrE//kəˈkuːn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈkuːn//
     
    he / she / it cocoons
    BrE BrE//kəˈkuːnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈkuːnz//
     
    past simple cocooned
    BrE BrE//kəˈkuːnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈkuːnd//
     
    past participle cocooned
    BrE BrE//kəˈkuːnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈkuːnd//
     
    -ing form cocooning
    BrE BrE//kəˈkuːnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈkuːnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[usually passive] cocoon somebody/something (in something) to protect somebody/something by surrounding them or it completely with something We were warm and safe, cocooned in our sleeping bags. I had a sheltered childhood, cocooned from the world by money and love.
  2. 2[intransitive] (North American English) to enjoy the comfort of the family away from the stress of public life After spending too much over the holidays, many will simply cocoon at home.
  3. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from French cocon, from medieval Provençal coucoun ‘eggshell, cocoon’, diminutive of coca ‘shell’. The verb dates from the mid 19th cent.
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