little, small, young

My father died while I was still a small child.


We have three teenage children.

preschool, school-aged
adult, grown (esp. AmE), grown-up (esp. BrE)
good, obedient, well-behaved
aggressive, delinquent, difficult, disobedient, fractious, mischievous, naughty, problem, sulky, unruly, wayward, wilful/willful

He's always been a problem child.

The children were quite unruly and ran around the house as if they owned it.

bright, gifted, intelligent, precocious

a school for gifted children

What a precocious child—reading Jane Austen at the age of ten!

dull, slow

Teaching is particularly difficult when a class contains both slow and bright children.

abandoned, abused, at-risk, maltreated, neglected

therapy for sexually abused children

disadvantaged, needy, starving, underprivileged
asthmatic, autistic, disabled, dyslexic, hyperactive, etc.

It was a little lonely being an only child.

eldest, first-born
fatherless, motherless, orphaned
bastard (usually figurative), illegitimate

the bastard child of romantic fiction and horror.


the rights of the unborn child


tax concessions for families with dependent children


There are a lot of street children in the poorer parts of the city.

biracial (AmE), mixed-race

How many children do you have?

bear, give birth to, have

She didn't have her first child until she was nearly forty.


We had trouble conceiving our first child.


They are expecting a child in June.

adopt, foster

She couldn't imagine the pain of losing a child at birth.

bring up, raise, rear

He had old-fashioned ideas on how to bring up children.

indulge, pamper, spoil

You can't spoil a child by giving it all the affection it wants.

love, nurture
maltreat, neglect
educate, home-school (esp. AmE), teach
discipline, punish, scold
abduct, kidnap
abuse, molest
immunize, vaccinate
be born

Their first child was born with a rare heart condition.

develop, grow, grow up

Children grow up so quickly!

good food for growing children

cry, scream, whimper, whine
actor, bride, soldier, star

the emotional connections which ensure healthy child development


a child custody dispute between divorced parents


After they divorced, he refused to pay child support.

abuse, molestation
abuser, killer, molester
psychiatrist, psychologist
protection, safety, services (AmE), welfare
with child (literary)

big with child (= pregnant)

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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