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

     

    nest

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to make and use a nest Thousands of seabirds are nesting on the cliffs.
  2. 2[transitive] nest something (specialist) to put types of information together, or inside each other, so that they form a single unit
  3. Word Origin Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Latin nidus, from the Indo-European bases of nether (meaning ‘down’) and sit.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nest