child noun

ADJ. little, small, young My father died while I was still a small child. | teenage We've got three teenage children. | good, obedient, well-behaved | delinquent, difficult, disobedient, fractious, mischievous, naughty, problem, sulky, unruly, wayward, wilful She works in a centre for delinquent children. He's always been a problem child. The children were quite unruly and ran around the house as if they owned it. | bright, gifted, intelligent, precocious a school for gifted children What a precocious child?reading Jane Austen at the age of ten! | dull, slow Teaching is particularly difficult when a class contains both slow and bright children. | well-cared for | abandoned, abused, neglected therapy for sexually abused children | sickly | loving | only It was a bit lonely being an only child. | fatherless, motherless | illegitimate | unborn an organization that campaigns for the rights of the unborn child | dependent tax concessions for families with dependent children | street There are a lot of street children in the poorer parts of the city.

VERB + CHILD have How many children have you got? | give birth to, have She didn't have her first child until she was nearly forty. | conceive We had trouble conceiving our first child. | expect They are expecting a child in June. | adopt | bring up, raise, rear He had old-fashioned ideas on how to bring up children. | indulge, pamper, spoil You can't spoil a child by giving it all the affection it wants. | abduct | abandon

CHILD + VERB be born Their first child was born with a rare heart condition. | develop, grow (up) Children grow up so quickly! good food for growing children | cry, scream, whimper, whine | misbehave

CHILD + NOUN actor, bride | welfare

PREP. with ~ (literary) big with child (= pregnant)