Etymology
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fledge (v.)

"to acquire feathers," 1560s, from Old English adjective *-flycge (Kentish -flecge; in unfligge "featherless," glossing Latin implumes) "having the feathers developed, fit to fly," from Proto-Germanic *flugja- "feather" (source also of Middle Dutch vlugge, Low German flügge), from PIE *pluk- "to fly," extended form of root *pleu- "to flow." Meaning "bring up a bird" (until it can fly on its own) is from 1580s. Related: Fledged; fledging.

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Definitions of fledge

fledge (v.)
feed, care for, and rear young birds for flight;
fledge (v.)
decorate with feathers;
fledge an arrow
Synonyms: flight
fledge (v.)
grow feathers;
Synonyms: feather
From wordnet.princeton.edu