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youth noun

1 period of your life when you are young

ADJ. early | unhappy | lost nostalgia for her lost youth | misspent His lack of qualifications was taken as a sign of a misspent youth.

VERB + YOUTH spend She spent much of her youth in Hong Kong. | idle away, waste He wasted his youth in front of a computer screen.

PREP. during your ~ She contracted the disease during her youth. | from ~ from youth to maturity | in your ~ He started going to discos in his early youth. | since your ~ I haven't danced since my youth! | throughout your ~ He played football throughout his youth.

PHRASES not in the first flush of youth Though no longer in the first flush of youth she's still remarkably energetic. | scenes from/of sb's youth

2 being young

ADJ. extreme Her extreme youth was against her. | comparative | eternal in search of eternal youth

VERB + YOUTH have You still have your youth?that's the main thing.

3 young person

ADJ. male | black, white | callow He was a callow youth when he joined the newspaper. | pimply, spotty She's going out with some spotty youth. | fresh-faced | gangling

QUANT. gang, group

4 young people

ADJ. modern the aspirations of modern youth | local | urban | working-class | delinquent, disaffected | unemployed | educated | gilded (figurative) a club for the gilded youth (= rich and spoilt young people) of London

YOUTH + NOUN culture | club, group, movement, organization, subculture, work | leader, worker | employment, unemployment, training | court, crime, custody a crackdown on youth crime

PHRASES the youth of today