Birth definition

bûrth
The beginning of anything.

The birth of a nation.

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(dated or regional) To bear or give birth to (a child).
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Birth is defined as a baby emerging from a mother's womb or the start of something.

When a pregnant woman delivers a baby and the child comes from her womb out of the birth canal into the world, this is an example of birth.

When two friends are sitting around and one of them has an idea to start a company, which they then go on to start, the initial conversation about the company is an example of the birth of the company.

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The act of bringing forth offspring.
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The set of characteristics or circumstances received from one's ancestors; inheritance.

Strong-willed by birth; acquired their wealth through birth.

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Origin or natal background.

A Spaniard by birth.

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To give birth (to)
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(countable) An instance of childbirth.

Intersex babies account for roughly one per cent of all births.

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The definition of birth is related biologically.

An example of birth used as an adjective is birth mother.

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Birth is the act of having a newborn travel from your womb through the birth canal and out into the world.

When a pregnant woman has contractions, goes to the hospital and has her baby delivered, this is an example of a situation where she births the baby.

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A beginning or commencement.
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The emergence and separation of offspring from the body of the mother.
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The act or process of bearing young; parturition.

The mare's second birth.

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The circumstances or conditions relating to this event, as its time or location.

An incident that took place before my birth; a Bostonian by birth.

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Origin; extraction.

Of Swedish birth; of humble birth.

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Noble or high status.

Persons of birth.

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(uncountable) The process of childbearing; the beginning of life.
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(countable) A beginning or start; a point of origin.

The birth of an empire.

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(uncountable) The circumstances of one's background, ancestry, or upbringing.

He was of noble birth, but fortune had not favored him.

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That which is born.
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A familial relationship established by childbirth.

Her birth father left when she was a baby; she was raised by her mother and stepfather.

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(figuratively) To produce, give rise to.
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The act or fact of coming into life, or of being born; nativity.
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Good or noble lineage.

A man of birth.

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An inherited or natural inclination or talent.

An actress by birth.

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Relating or related biologically rather than by adoption; natural.

Birth mother, birth parents.

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The emergence and separation of offspring from the body of the mother.
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The act or process of bearing young; parturition.
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The circumstances or conditions relating to this event, as its time or location.
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The emergence and separation of offspring from the body of its mother, seen in all mammals except monotremes.
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Present at birth, as a defect in a bodily structure.
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To deliver (a baby).
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(chiefly southern us) To bear (a child).
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give birth
  • to bring forth offspring
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give birth to
  • to bring forth (offspring)
  • to be the cause or origin of; originate; create
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
birth
Plural:
births

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

give birth to

Origin of birth

  • Middle English probably of Scandinavian origin bher-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English birthe (1250), from earlier burthe, burde, from Old Norse burðr, byrd (Old Swedish byrth, Swedish börd), replacing Old English gebyrd (rare variant byrþ). The Old Norse is from Proto-Germanic *burdiz (compare Old Frisian berde, berd); Old English gebyrd is from prefixed *gaburdiz (compare Dutch geboorte, German Geburt), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰr̥tis (compare Latin fors ‘luck’, Old Irish brith), from *bʰer- ‘to carry, bear’. More at bear.

    From Wiktionary