Meaning of FAMILY in English

FAMILY

(families)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.

1.

A ~ is a group of people who are related to each other, especially parents and their children.

There’s room in there for a ~ of five...

His ~ are completely behind him, whatever he decides...

To him the ~ is the core of society...

Does he have any ~?

N-COUNT-COLL

2.

When people talk about a ~, they sometimes mean children.

They decided to start a ~.

...couples with large families.

N-COUNT-COLL

3.

When people talk about their ~, they sometimes mean their ancestors.

Her ~ came to Los Angeles at the turn of the century.

...the history of mental illness in the ~.

N-COUNT-COLL

4.

You can use ~ to describe things that belong to a particular ~.

He returned to the ~ home...

I was working in the ~ business.

ADJ: ADJ n

5.

You can use ~ to describe things that are designed to be used or enjoyed by both parents and children.

It had been designed as a ~ house...

A wedding is a ~ event.

ADJ: ADJ n

6.

A ~ of animals or plants is a group of related species.

...foods in the cabbage ~, such as Brussels sprouts.

N-COUNT: with supp

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