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Definition of borne

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past participle of bear


\ ˈbȯrn How to pronounce borne (audio) \

Definition of borne (Entry 2 of 2)

: transported or transmitted by used in combinationsoilborneairborne

Examples of borne in a Sentence

Adjective My book surveys the public-health landscape from food-borne and insectborne diseases to antibiotic resistance, from infectious causes of chronic afflictions to bioterrorism. — Madeline Drexler, Wilson Quarterly, Summer 2002 The news carried by mail coach is an exact inversion of the railroad-borne news in Charles Dickens's Dombey and Son (1844-46). — John Plotz, The Crowd, 2000 I would tend to think your strawberries died from other causes. Strawberries need excellent drainage and a sandy, acidic soil that has good air space to encourage root health. They like a soil that has been amended with compost. But strawberries can succumb to soil-borne diseases. — Kathy Huber, Houston Chronicle, 3 Oct. 1998
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The costs of protectionism are largely borne, not by some foreign country, but by American businesses, consumers, and taxpayers. NBC News, "Meet the Press - August 25, 2019," 25 Aug. 2019 Dengue is a mosquito-borne illness that infects nearly 400 million people each year. Nina Kravinsky, Smithsonian, "New Dengue Vaccine Looks Promising, but Major Hurdles Remain," 8 Nov. 2019 Tests came back positive for EEE, a mosquito-borne illness that is rare but can be fatal., "Sophia Garabedian, the 5-year-old Sudbury girl," 5 Oct. 2019 Its fire-borne flavors light up all by themselves amid the tenderness, but my companions went wild for the spicy mayo with which it is paired. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Swanky new Mills 50 bar Tori Tori plays chicken — and wins | Review," 20 Nov. 2019 Don’t assume that the washing and blanching process kills pathogens, as frozen produce, just as fresh, has at times been linked to outbreaks of food-borne illness here and abroad. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Frozen vegetables are so easy to cook with — and they’re much better than you think," 25 Oct. 2019 Sophia Garabedian, a 5-year-old girl from the Massachusetts town of Sudbury, was hospitalized in early September after contracting Eastern equine encephalitis, a mosquito-borne illness that can cause deadly brain swelling. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Donors have raised more than $150,000 for little girl with rare EEE disease in Massachusetts," 13 Sep. 2019 South Florida is under a mosquito-borne illness alert with new local cases of dengue fever reported in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "More mosquito-borne dengue fever cases reported in South Florida," 13 Sep. 2019 Its initial streaming-borne success caused confusion among that chart bible’s number-crunchers, who removed it from and eventually reinstated it to their country charts earlier this year. Maura Johnston,, "At Gillette Stadium, Luke Bryan invites everyone into his big tent," 22 June 2019

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circa 1559, in the meaning defined above

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“Borne.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of borne

: carried by : spread by


Kids Definition of borne

past participle of bear


Medical Definition of borne

past part of bear

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Legal Definition of borne

past participle of bear

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