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Definitions of family:

  • noun:   primary social group; parents and children
    Example: "He wanted to have a good job before starting a family"
  • noun:   people descended from a common ancestor
    Example: "His family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"
  • noun:   a social unit living together
    Example: "He moved his family to Virginia"
  • noun:   (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera
    Example: "Sharks belong to the fish family"
  • noun:   an association of people who share common beliefs or activities
    Example: "The message was addressed not just to employees but to every member of the company family"
  • noun:   a collection of things sharing a common attribute
  • noun:   a person having kinship with another or others
    Example: "He's family"
  • noun:   a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities


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