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birth

noun, often attributive \ ˈbərth \
|Updated on: 23 Jun 2018
1 a : the emergence of a new individual from the body of its parent
b : the act or process of bringing forth young from the womb
2 : a state resulting from being born especially at a particular time or place
  • a Southerner by birth
b : high or noble birth
4 a archaic : one that is born

Examples of birth in a Sentence

  1. He was present at the birth of his daughter.

  2. The hospital reported an increase in premature births.

  3. Please indicate your date of birth.

  4. the period from birth to adolescence

  5. a disease that is present at birth

  6. the birth of the solar system

  7. the birth of the blues

  8. We are witnessing the birth of a new era.

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Origin and Etymology of birth

Middle English, from Old Norse byrth; akin to Old English beran

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birth

verb
birthed; birthing; births
1 chiefly dialectal : to bring forth
2 a : to give rise to : originate
b : to give birth to
: to bring forth or be brought forth as a child or young

Examples of birth in a Sentence

  1. back in those days a woman her age would have birthed several children

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First Known Use of birth

1831

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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birth

adjective
: biological 3
  • his birth mother

Examples of birth in a Sentence

  1. argued that the birth mother had not been informed of all of her options at the time of the adoption

First Known Use of birth

1958

in the meaning defined above

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birth Synonyms

Near Antonyms

illegitimate;

Related Words

legitimate;



BIRTH Defined for English Language Learners

birth

  • : the time when a baby comes out from the body of its mother

  • : the beginning or origin of something

  • —used to describe the kind of family a person comes from


BIRTH Defined for Kids

birth

noun \ ˈbərth \
1 : the coming of a new individual from the body of its parent
2 : the act of bringing into life
3 : lineage 1
  • a person of noble birth
4 : origin 3
  • the birth of a star

Medical Dictionary

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birth

noun \ ˈbərth \
1 : the emergence of a new individual from the body of its parent
2 : the act or process of bringing forth young from the womb

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birth

transitive verb
: to give birth to
  • allowed to birth her child in her own way
  • —Nancy Robinson
: to bring forth or be brought forth as a child or young
  • contend that birthing is a natural process, rather than a medical procedure
  • —Kit Miniclier
  • the baby birthed breech
  • —Jayne Anne Phillips

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birth

adjective
: biological 3
  • spent years searching for his birth parents


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