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

     

    nestle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈnesl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnesl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nestle
    BrE BrE//ˈnesl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnesl//
     
    he / she / it nestles
    BrE BrE//ˈneslz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈneslz//
     
    past simple nestled
    BrE BrE//ˈnesld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnesld//
     
    past participle nestled
    BrE BrE//ˈnesld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnesld//
     
    -ing form nestling
    BrE BrE//ˈneslɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈneslɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] + adv./prep. to sit or lie down in a warm or soft place He hugged her and she nestled against his chest.
  2. 2[transitive] nestle somebody/something + adv./prep. to put or hold somebody/something in a comfortable position in a warm or soft place He nestled the baby in his arms. She nestled her head against his shoulder.
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. to be located in a position that is protected, sheltered or partly hidden The little town nestles snugly at the foot of the hill.
  4. Word Origin Old English nestlian, from nest; compare with Dutch nestelen.Extra examples She sat back, nestling against his chest. The town nestles comfortably among the hills. a tiny village nestling in a valley

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