Definition of 'elderly'
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Example sentences containing 'elderly'
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Residential homes are so stretched that elderly patients are routinely deprived of their dignity. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Spare a thought for elderly people trying to be independent and look after their own residential care. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Families have been banned from visiting elderly loved ones in residential care for complaining about standards. Times, Sunday Times (2016)My posture and gait become those of an elderly lady. Times, Sunday Times (2016)All paramedics working in that area know to look there before treating an elderly patient. Times, Sunday Times (2016)AN elderly woman has lost a legal battle to remain in the house she has lived in all her life. The Sun (2016)The caller urges the often elderly victims to transfer their money to a'safe' account set up in their name. Times, Sunday Times (2016)One elderly woman dashed into the street with a broom. The Sun (2013)The demographic change has increased the numbers of frail elderly patients. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Too often our elderly seem all but abandoned. Times, Sunday Times (2006)We have very many elderly and frail people that attend day care and some are diabetic. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Surely he could let us on rather than leave elderly gentlemen in the cold. The Sun (2010) Many were elderly or retired and could not afford to lose the money. Times, Sunday Times (2011)They were popular with the elderly couple and their family and their employment was considered a success. Times, Sunday Times (2006) One is very elderly and is distraught as she thought the world of him. The Sun (2015)He also attacked an elderly man who offered him a lift home. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Near me sat an elderly woman with cotton wool in her ears. The Crossing-Place (1993)They range from the young to the elderly and more often than not they are women. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Cuts of the elderly rather than for them. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The only others at the afternoon showing were an elderly couple. The Sun (2014)It is an impressive list but also a very elderly one. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)Most of those affected are elderly patients with serious underlying illnesses. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Elderly people often stay longer in hospital than needed because they have no support at home. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The elderly man explained apologetically that he had lost track of his wife and was preoccupied searching for her. Times, Sunday Times (2007)But more and more elderly people are now being handed the money so that they can arrange the care themselves. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Elderly people are quite neglected, don't you think? Times, Sunday Times (2010)
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Translations for 'elderly'
British English: elderly /ˈɛldəlɪ/ ADJECTIVE
You use elderly as a polite way of saying that someone is old.
...an elderly couple.
- American English: elderly
- Arabic: مُسِنّ
- Brazilian Portuguese: idoso
- Chinese: 年过中年的
- Croatian: stariji
- Czech: postarší
- Danish: ældre
- Dutch: bejaard
- European Spanish: anciano
- Finnish: iäkäs
- French: âgé
- German: ältlich
- Greek: ηλικιωμένος
- Italian: anziano
- Japanese: 年配の
- Korean: 나이가 지긋한
- Norwegian: tilårskommen
- Polish: starszy
- European Portuguese: idoso
- Romanian: vârstnic
- Russian: пожилой
- Spanish: anciano
- Swedish: äldre
- Thai: สูงวัย
- Turkish: yaşlılar
- Ukrainian: літній
- Vietnamese: cao tuổi
British English: elderly NOUN
The elderly are people who are old.
The elderly are a formidable force in any election.
Definition of elderly from the Collins English Dictionary
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