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Definition of born

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1a : brought forth by or as if by birth The baby was born prematurely. She was born in Germany. a mentality born in the computer age
b : native usually used in combinationAmerican-born
c : deriving or resulting from a partnership born of necessity usually used in combinationpoverty-born crime
2a : having from birth specified qualities was born blind Mark Twain was born Samuel Clemens. a born leader
b : being in specified circumstances from birth nobly born born poor born into wealth
3 : destined from or as if from birth born to succeed


biographical name
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Definition of Born (Entry 2 of 2)

Max 1882–1970 German physicist

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Synonyms & Antonyms for born

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of born in a Sentence

Adjective She was born in a hospital. He was born on a farm. She was born in Nigeria in 1911. The baby was born on July 31st. Their second son was born prematurely. Both twins were born healthy.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Shaw has said he was reborn after the shooting and years later would become a born-again Christian. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Concern over Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill circulates," 9 June 2019 In his mid-40s, Mr. Phillips had quietly become a born-again Christian after attending a Billy Graham rally. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Raytheon’s Thomas Phillips: The CEO Who Refused to Tell His Own Story," 18 Jan. 2019 Some team members, like Gregory and Chris, both 13 years old and born days apart, have been playing together since the age of 6 or 7. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Longtime Pals on Staten Island Dream Team March to Little League World Series," 21 Aug. 2018 The 18-year-old, born Megan Bulow, only just finished school. Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, "Electro-Pop Singer bülow Talks Her Pair of 'Damaged' EPs: 'Being Honest Doesn't Mean You Are Weak'," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of born


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for born


Middle English, from Old English boren, past participle of beran to carry — more at bear

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The first known use of born was before the 12th century

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“Born.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/born. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of born

: brought into life by the process of birth
: having certain qualities or characteristics from the time of birth
used to describe the place where someone was born often used in combination
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Kids Definition of born

1 : brought into life by birth
2 : brought into existence General Washington went on to … victory, and the United States was born.— Judith Berry Griffin, Phoebe the Spy
3 : having a certain characteristic from or as if from birth a born leader

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