Definition of birth in English:



mass noun
  • 1The emergence of a baby or other young from the body of its mother; the start of life as a physically separate being.

    ‘he was blind from birth’
    count noun ‘despite a difficult birth he's fit and healthy’
    • ‘The Jacob cycle is a life cycle, from birth to death, from exile to return.’
    • ‘Yang places a high importance on using stem cells from birth, rather than those collected from adults because of vitality.’
    • ‘Both are even apparent in children who have been blind and deaf from birth, who differentiate strangers from familiars by their smell.’
    • ‘The daughter had lived with her single mother from birth.’
    • ‘The babies arrived two weeks early and their biological mother remained at her side to witness the births.’
    • ‘It's a fantastic service and is there to support mothers before and after labour and is not just about births.’
    • ‘In a pride, mothers will synchronise the births of their cubs so they can form a crèche and share the workload.’
    • ‘Most births occurred at home, assisted by traditional birth attendants, relatives, and neighbours.’
    • ‘All of her four births were difficult, with pre- and post-birth bed-rest necessary.’
    • ‘Psychologists who deal with phobias usually trace them to incidents in very young childhood - from birth to about five.’
    • ‘These numbers are of course the final two digits in the years that mark the births and deaths of Hitler and Stalin, respectively.’
    • ‘Second, both doctors and mothers appear to be using C-sections to better time births.’
    • ‘They had all been difficult births, and by assisting she had learned far more than she wanted to know.’
    • ‘It is widely believed that Caesarean births are not good for the recovery of the mother and the growth of the baby.’
    • ‘For mothers planning natural births, the next few hours are likely to be suspenseful.’
    • ‘The young feed themselves from birth normally by pecking.’
    • ‘This is mainly due to the number of multiple births and the age of the mother - IVF mothers are usually older.’
    • ‘There are several physiological changes that occur in the digestive tract of the young pig from birth to eight weeks of age.’
    • ‘When faced with such increases in medical intervention, more expectant mothers are requesting home births.’
    • ‘Like other animals, they pass through a life cycle from birth to maturity to death.’
    childbirth, delivery, nativity, birthing
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    1. 1.1 The beginning or coming into existence of something.
      ‘the birth of Socialist Realism’
      • ‘The story of Tilth's remarkable birth also charts the beginnings of the sustainable agriculture movement’
      • ‘It would take us back to the first elements to be in existence at the birth of the Earth, in the years when it was cooling.’
      • ‘As Mr Peters said, this is the worst kind of start, or birth, for a new court.’
      • ‘An electional chart is a chart set up for the time of an event; for its beginning or birth.’
      • ‘Only those moments that show democracy's birth and possibility, along with its decline and failure, become resources for imagining our future.’
      • ‘Human evolution had its earliest beginnings in the birth of family life.’
      • ‘This was the birth of new and improved ventures.’
      • ‘Why does the left in Ireland have no problem siding objectively with those determined to strangle democracy at birth in Iraq?’
      • ‘That's still 6 per cent short of the $1.17 rate at the euro's birth at the start of 1999.’
      • ‘When force secured partition, the UUP emerged to ensure that democracy in the North was smothered at birth.’
      • ‘Most products, services, and the industries supplying them have a life cycle from birth, through growth, then to maturity and eventual decline.’
      • ‘Shia and Sunni Muslims have been inimical to each other from their inception, indeed their birth was caused by a war between two groups.’
      • ‘As mentioned above, the conflict with Islam started soon after its birth when in 636 CE it attacked India.’
      • ‘The book presents a fascinating story of the birth & beginning of the roots of Hinduism from 8,000 BCE.’
      beginning, beginnings, emergence, genesis, dawn, dawning, rise, start, arrival, advent
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    2. 1.2 A person's origin, descent, or ancestry.
      ‘the mother is English by birth’
      ‘he is of noble birth’
      • ‘He got there not by birth or revolution or coup like the rest, but through a Western-style democratic election, or so it seems.’
      • ‘Any musical artists of Canadian aboriginal status or non-status Metis or Inuit by birth, adoption or community acceptance are eligible for the awards.’
      • ‘And so he comes, through these various transgressions, into conflict with the mandates of the ethnic group and religion to which he belongs by birth.’
      • ‘I don't think there is a regional favorite, although he's clearly a South Carolinian by birth.’
      • ‘They choose their kings by birth, their generals for merit.’
      • ‘Argentine by birth, he became famous in his native country for a series of songs in the 1940s, but he also composed symphonic works and pieces for other solo instruments.’
      • ‘I'm a Texan by birth and by choice in many ways, but I've never been prouder of being a New Yorker than I am now.’
      • ‘She said she was a Kiwi by birth and I remarked I'd been to En Zed a couple of times and that the last time I'd been there I'd visited Hobbiton.’
      • ‘All contestants must be Irish by birth or ancestry.’
      • ‘Mariam is English by birth, of French origin and resides in New Caledonia, and is currently travelling through India… phew!’
      • ‘Cortes considers himself Spanish by birth and gypsy by heritage.’
      • ‘Indian by birth, he is on a foreign posting in New Delhi.’
      • ‘They do not permit her to make us happy, but put her on a level with money, status, noble birth, health, beauty and other things which are common to virtue and vice.’
      • ‘He is a dual citizen but American by birth and accent.’
      • ‘His popularity sprang from his simple, evocative verse, augmented by the appeal of a noble birth, romantic youth, and tragic end.’
      • ‘Syrian by birth, he was interrogated by U.S. officials and then deported.’
      • ‘I'm a new USA citizen, Australian by birth, who headed down to the Madison City Clerk's office today for early voting.’
      • ‘Some American servicemen and women are Muslim by birth.’
      • ‘She is, I think, Swiss by birth and is now based in Toronto, and she creates stories by posing children's dolls and other toys in her photographs.’
      • ‘English by birth, I'd been in Australia for about 10 years and had a hankering to return to my roots, if not permanently, then at least for a considerable length of time.’
      ancestry, descent, origin, origins, parentage, lineage, line, line of descent, heritage, family, stock, blood, bloodline, genealogy, breeding, pedigree, house, extraction, derivation, background
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[with object]North American
  • Give birth to (a baby or other young)

    ‘she birthed five children within ten years’
    • ‘This is also the season for fresh cheeses, because the goats who have birthed their young can spare you some of their milk.’
    • ‘Clementine, like her mother, birthed seven children.’
    • ‘I birthed our son, who was 3 years old at the time I was diagnosed.’
    • ‘Many of our women have birthed babies via artificial insemination.’
    • ‘I learned about homebirth; four of our five children were birthed at home.’
    • ‘He professed that his mama had birthed him in a cotton field, cut her own cord, tied him to her back and then kept on working.’
    • ‘It is like a mother who has birthed many, many children watching every one of them die very slowly while knowing that it is all her fault.’
    • ‘Simultaneously, they repeat those lines once more and the hulking man lowers his gaze to the tiny woman who birthed him.’
    • ‘She birthed her baby, and every cell in her body knows and shows her strength.’
    • ‘Who do you think carried you, birthed you, endured the pain that you gave?’
    • ‘I birthed my son at home, alone except for my husband.’
    • ‘But when the oil ran out, so did he, and Josefa birthed Rebecca into the world alone.’
    • ‘Everything was fine, and I birthed my beautiful daughter at home on July 30, 1993.’
    • ‘But his stepmother was as close to him as if she had birthed him.’
    • ‘His wife, Gabriela, just recently birthed their first child, Marcie.’
    • ‘Ataren knew that they were never married, but he thought there should be something in memory of her considering she birthed two children to a prince.’
    • ‘Bitterly, Yvonne remembered that she too had birthed a son, though her father didn't know that.’
    • ‘Although I am petite, both babies were birthed without any tears or cutting.’
    • ‘Once an infertile woman has successfully birthed a child, then she and her partner may be asked to donate the unneeded embryos for research.’
    • ‘She birthed two daughters but died as the mother of many.’
    have, bear, produce, be delivered of, bring into the world
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  • give birth

    • Bear a child or young.

      ‘she gave birth to a son’
      • ‘The campaigning women said mothers need more than just a place to give birth, especially young mums.’
      • ‘I have a very young family and am only a few days out of hospital after giving birth to my youngest son Michael.’
      • ‘Fears are growing for her health as she is due to give birth in just six weeks and has been suffering ill health.’
      • ‘The common lizard is distributed throughout Britain and the female gives birth to live young.’
      • ‘A grieving father is bringing up two children alone after his young wife died giving birth.’
      • ‘In June, female bats congregate at a maternity roost to give birth and suckle their young.’
      • ‘Helen is the fifth generation of all women on her maternal line and my younger sister gave birth to a baby girl this year as well.’
      • ‘Even lower species of life such as snakes give birth to hundreds of young at one time.’
      • ‘One child answered that an amphibian is an animal that doesn't give birth to its young.’
      • ‘When she gives birth, the young emerge as fully-developed, miniature replicas of the adults.’
      labour, delivery, expected delivery, giving birth, birthing
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Middle English: from Old Norse byrth; related to bear.