\ ˈbȯrn How to pronounce born (audio) \

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 combination American-born
c : deriving or resulting from a partnership born of necessity usually used in combination poverty-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


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\ ˈbȯrn How to pronounce Born (audio) \

Definition of Born (Entry 2 of 2)

Max 1882–1970 German physicist

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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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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“Born.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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