birth

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
birth /bɜrθ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Medicine[uncountable] an act or instance of being born: What was the date of your birth?
  2. Medicine the act or process of bringing forth young;
    childbirth:[countable]a long and difficult birth.
  3. [uncountable] descent;
    nationality (because one was born in a particular place): Greek by birth.
  4. any coming into existence;
    origin:[countable;  usually singular]the birth of an idea.
Idioms
  1. Idioms give birth to, [+ object]
    • to bear (a child):She gave birth to a boy.
    • to initiate;
      originate:Einstein gave birth to a whole new way of looking at matter and energy.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
birth  (bûrth),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Medicinean act or instance of being born:the day of his birth.
  2. Medicinethe act or process of bearing or bringing forth offspring;
    childbirth;
    parturition:a difficult birth.
  3. lineage;
    extraction;
    descent:of Grecian birth.
  4. high or noble lineage:to be foolishly vain about one's birth.
  5. natural heritage:a musician by birth.
  6. any coming into existence;
    origin;
    beginning:the birth of Protestantism; the birth of an idea.
  7. [Archaic.]something that is born.
  8. Idiomsgive birth to: 
    • to bear (a child).
    • to initiate;
      originate:Her hobby gave birth to a successful business.

v.t. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. 
  1. Dialect Termsto give birth to.
  2. Dialect Termsto assist in giving birth;
    act as midwife for.
  • Scandinavian; compare Old Swedish byrth; cognate with Old English gebyrd, Old High German giburt, Gothic gabaurths
  • Middle English byrthe 1150–1200
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged parentage, ancestry, line, blood, family, race.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged start, commencement, inception, genesis;
      launching, inauguration.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
birth /bɜːθ/ n
  1. the process of bearing young; parturition; childbirth
  2. the act or fact of being born; nativity
  3. the coming into existence of something; origin
  4. ancestry; lineage: of high birth
  5. natural or inherited talent: an artist by birth
  6. give birthto bear (offspring)
  7. to produce, originate, or create (an idea, plan, etc)
vb (transitive) rare
  1. to bear or bring forth (a child)
Etymology: 12th Century: from Old Norse byrth; related to Gothic gabaurths, Old Swedish byrdh, Old High German berd child; see bear1, bairn
'birth' also found in these entries:
Collocations: birth a [child, baby, calf, litter], a [live, premature, still, natural, vaginal, Cesarean] birth, use birth control, more...

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