- The definition of born is having been given life.
An example of born is what happens to a baby after his mother is in labor.
- Born, when hypenated after a country, means the origin of a person or thing.
An example of –born is a German-born American citizen.
- Born is defined as having a skill since you were a small baby.
An example of born is someone having a great athletic skill, seemingly without effort.
This baby was born recently.
- brought into life or being
- by birth: used in hyphenated compounds: French-born
- having certain qualities or abilities innately, as if from birth; natural: a born athlete
- being as specified from birth: nobly born
- Informal, Dialectal since birth: in all my born days
- a. Brought into life by birth.b. Brought into existence; created: A new nation was born with the revolution.
- a. Having from birth a particular quality or talent: a born artist.b. Destined, or seemingly destined, from birth: a person born to lead.
- Resulting or arising: wisdom born of experience.
- Native to a particular country, region, or place. Often used in combination: Irish-born; Southern born and bred; Boston-born.
- Well suited to (some behaviour or occupation), as though from birth.
From the verb to bear.
(third-person singular simple present borns, present participle bornin, simple past and past participle bornt)
Dialectal variant of burn.
Variant of bear
transitive verbbore, borne or born, bearing
- to hold and take along; carry; transport
- to hold in the mind: to bear a secret
- to possess as a part, characteristic, attribute, etc.; have or show: the letter bore his signature
- to give birth to: the passive past participle in this sense is born when by does not follow
- to bring forth; produce or yield: fruit-bearing trees, coal-bearing strata
- to support or hold up; sustain
- to sustain the burden of; take on; take care of: to bear the cost
- to undergo successfully; withstand; endure: her work won't bear scrutiny
- to put up with; tolerate: she can't bear him
- to call for; require: his actions bear watching
- to carry or conduct (oneself)
- to carry over or hold (a sentiment): to bear a grudge
- to bring and tell (a message, tales, etc.)
- to move or push as if carrying: the crowd bore us along
- to give, offer, or supply: to bear witness
Origin of bearMiddle English beren ; from Old English beran ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bher-, to carry, bring from source Classical Latin ferre, Classical Greek pherein, Sanskrit bharati, (he) bears
- to be productive: the tree bears well
- to lie in a given direction: the lighthouse bears due east
- to point or be aimed toward: with on or upon: artillery deployed to bear on the fort
- to move in a given direction: bear right at the corner
- to have bearing (on); have a relation: his story bears on the crime
- to tolerate; put up patiently (with)
- to be oppressive; weigh: grief bears heavily on her
bear a hand
- to give help
- Naut. get to work!help out!work faster!
- to press or push down; exert pressure
- to make a strong effort
bear down on
- to press down on; exert pressure on
- to make a strong effort toward accomplishing
- to come or go toward; closely approach
bring to bear onor bring to bear upon