1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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

Example Sentences

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. See More
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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Born.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/born. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

1
a
: brought into life by or as if by birth
b
: native entry 1 sense 2
American-born
2
: having from birth a certain ability or characteristic
a born leader
3
: meant from or as if from birth
born to rule

Biographical Definition

Born

biographical name

Max 1882–1970 German physicist

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