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orphan

or·phan

orphan

 
 
pronunciation:
or fn
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, transitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (noun, verb)
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person, esp. a child, whose parents have died.
He became an orphan when his parents were killed in a car crash.
similar words:
waif
definition 2: any person or animal that is without parents, abandoned, or otherwise left without nurture or support.
The bombings made orphans of most of the village's inhabitants.
similar words:
waif
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having no living parents.
Orphan children roamed the bombed-out streets.
definition 2: of or for orphans.
She grew up in an orphan home.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: orphaned, orphaning, orphans
definition: to cause to be deprived of parents.
The war orphaned countless children.
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