Definition of under-fives in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌndəˈfʌɪvz/

plural noun

chiefly British
Children who are less than five years old, especially those who are not in full-time education: existing provision for under-fives is generally inadequate [as modifier]: under-fives facilities
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  • Admission costs £4 for adults, £3 concessions, £1 for children aged five to 15 and under-fives free.
  • Its innovative nursery school programme has taken the orchestra to around 24,000 under-fives in the past five years alone.
  • In the old days, there was very little investment in the under-fives but now nursery education is helping them develop more and more.

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