family

noun
1 group of people related to each other
ADJECTIVE
big, large
entire, whole

a summer movie for the whole family

close, close-knit

We are a very close-knit family and support each other through any crises.

happy, loving, supportive
dysfunctional

The movie is a portrait of a dysfunctional family.

nuclear, traditional

the nuclear family of parents and children

average
immediate

We've only told the immediate family (= the closest relations).

extended

It was difficult to maintain contact with members of his extended family.

lone-parent (BrE), one-parent, single-parent

the difficulties faced by one-parent families

two-parent
adoptive

They help find emotionally damaged children placements with adoptive families.

real
patriarchal
military

She grew up in a military family.

working
middle-class, working-class, etc.
low-income, middle-income
old
aristocratic, imperial, noble, royal
powerful, prominent
affluent, landowning, rich, wealthy, well-to-do
poor

tax incentives for low-income families

homeless
bereaved

a helpline set up to counsel bereaved families

human

the rights of all members of the human family

VERB + FAMILY
belong to, be one of, be part of, come from

He belonged to an aristocratic family.

We all knew her so well that we felt she was almost part of the family.

Many of our students come from poor families.

marry into

She married into a wealthy family.

run in

a medical condition which runs in the family

be in

This painting has been in our family for generations.

FAMILY + NOUN
background, history

Do you know anything about her family background?

a family history of heart disease

tradition

In 1941 he carried on the family tradition and enlisted in the army.

connections, relationships, ties

They prefer to stay in their home country because of family ties.

group, member
friend
life
business
home
commitments

The job wouldn't really fit in with my family commitments.

income
doctor (esp. BrE), physician (AmE)
holiday (BrE), vacation (AmE)
feud
heirloom
motto
name (= surname)
planning
PREPOSITION
in a/the family

These problems occur in all families.

within a/the family

issues which create conflict within the family

PHRASES
family and friends

The support of family and friends is vital.

a member of a family
2 children
ADJECTIVE
large, small
young

parents with young families

VERB + FAMILY
have

I always wanted to have a large family.

start

They got married last year and plan to start a family (= have children) soon.

bring up, raise

It's a struggle to bring up a family on a low income.

feed, support

It is difficult for them to earn enough to feed their families.

FAMILY + NOUN
size

Average family size has decreased since the 19th century.

man

a good family man, completely devoted to his wife and kids


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  • Family 13 — Family 13, also known Ferrar Group ( f 13, von Soden calls the group Ii), is a group of Greek Gospel manuscripts, varying in date from the 11th to the 15th century, which display a distinctive pattern of variant readings especially in placing the …   Wikipedia

  • Family — (engl. für „Familie“) war eine experimentierfreudige und schwer zu kategorisierende britische Rock Band um den Sänger Roger Chapman. Mit ihrer ungewöhnlichen Mischung aus wilder Bühnenpräsenz und musikalischer Feinsinnigkeit erwarb sich die Band… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Family 5 — Family Five (auch Family *5) wurde als deutschsprachige Band von Xao Seffcheque (Die Post, Die Pest, Der Rest, O.R.A.V.) und Peter Hein (Charley’s Girls, Mittagspause, Fehlfarben) 1981 in Düsseldorf als „Soul Punk“ Gruppe gegründet. Ursprünglich… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • family — fam·i·ly / fam lē, fa mə / n pl lies 1: a group of individuals related by blood, marriage, or adoption 2: a group of usu. related individuals who live together under common household authority and esp. who have reciprocal duties to each other ◇… …   Law dictionary

  • family — [fam′ə lē, fam′lē] n. pl. families [ME familie < L familia, household establishment, akin to famulus, servant < ? IE * dhe mo , house (< base * dhē : see DO1) > Sans dhāman, household] 1. Obs. all the people living in the same house;… …   English World dictionary

  • Family 1 — is a group of the Greek Gospel manuscripts, varying in date from the 12th to the 15th century. The group takes its name from the minuscule codex 1, now in Basel. Family 1 is also kown as the Lake Group , symbolized as f 1. Hermann von Soden calls …   Wikipedia

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