- ba|by1 W1S1 [ˈbeıbi] n plural babies▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(young child)¦2¦(young animal)¦3¦(vegetable)¦4¦(youngest)¦5¦(woman)¦6¦(silly person)¦7¦(responsibility)¦8¦(thing)¦▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Date: 1300-1400; Origin: babe]1.) ¦(YOUNG CHILD)¦a very young child who has not yet learned to speak or walk▪ The baby is crying.▪ Julie's second baby was born when they lived in Washington.▪ She gave birth to a baby on Thursday.▪ It's hard work moving house when you're expecting a baby .▪ Dr Coleman has delivered hundreds of babies .▪ How do you recognize pain in a newborn baby ?▪ premature babies needing special medical care▪ Jane had a baby boy this morning.▪ What do you think of your new baby sister ?▪ the effects of alcohol on the unborn baby2.) ¦(YOUNG ANIMAL)¦a very young animal▪ baby birds▪ a baby elephant3.) ¦(VEGETABLE)¦a type of vegetable which is grown to be much smaller than usual or is eaten before it has grown to its normal size▪ baby carrots▪ baby sweetcorn4.) ¦(YOUNGEST)¦a younger child in a family, often the youngest▪ Clare is the baby of the family.5.) ¦(WOMAN)¦spokena) used to address someone that you love▪ Relax baby, we're on holiday.b) not polite used to address a young woman that you do not know6.) ¦(SILLY PERSON)¦someone, especially an older child, who is not behaving in a sensible way▪ Don't be such a baby!7.) ¦(RESPONSIBILITY)¦something special that someone has developed or is responsible for▪ Don't ask me about the building contract - that's Robert's baby.8.) ¦(THING)¦ informalsomething, especially a piece of equipment or a machine, that you care about a lot▪ This baby can reach speeds of 130 miles per hour.→throw the baby out with the bathwater at ↑throw1 (37)▬▬▬▬▬▬▬COLLOCATES for sense 1have a baby (=give birth to a baby)give birth to a baby (=used when you are talking about the act of childbirth)be expecting a baby (=be pregnant)deliver a baby (=help a woman to give birth to a baby)newborn/new babypremature baby (=a baby that is born too early)unborn baby (=a baby still inside its mother)baby boy/girlbaby son/daughterbaby brother/sister▬▬▬▬▬▬▬baby 2baby2 past tense and past participle babied present participle babying third person singular babiesv [T]to be too kind to someone and look after them as if they were a baby
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.