- To make and occupy a nest; to nest.
- To lie close and snug, as a bird in her nest; to cuddle up; to settle, as in a nest; to harbor; to take shelter.
- To move about in one's place, like a bird when shaping the interior of her nest or a young bird getting close to the parent; as, a child nestles.
- To house, as in a nest.
- To cherish, as a bird her young.