Definition of birth in English:

birth

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’
    ‘despite a difficult birth he's fit and healthy’
    • ‘The young feed themselves from birth normally by pecking.’
    • ‘The babies arrived two weeks early and their biological mother remained at her side to witness the births.’
    • ‘It is widely believed that Caesarean births are not good for the recovery of the mother and the growth of the baby.’
    • ‘They had all been difficult births, and by assisting she had learned far more than she wanted to know.’
    • ‘Yang places a high importance on using stem cells from birth, rather than those collected from adults because of vitality.’
    • ‘When faced with such increases in medical intervention, more expectant mothers are requesting home births.’
    • ‘Most births occurred at home, assisted by traditional birth attendants, relatives, and neighbours.’
    • ‘The Jacob cycle is a life cycle, from birth to death, from exile to return.’
    • ‘Both are even apparent in children who have been blind and deaf from birth, who differentiate strangers from familiars by their smell.’
    • ‘This is mainly due to the number of multiple births and the age of the mother - IVF mothers are usually older.’
    • ‘For mothers planning natural births, the next few hours are likely to be suspenseful.’
    • ‘In a pride, mothers will synchronise the births of their cubs so they can form a crèche and share the workload.’
    • ‘Like other animals, they pass through a life cycle from birth to maturity to death.’
    • ‘All of her four births were difficult, with pre- and post-birth bed-rest necessary.’
    • ‘The daughter had lived with her single mother from birth.’
    • ‘It's a fantastic service and is there to support mothers before and after labour and is not just about births.’
    • ‘There are several physiological changes that occur in the digestive tract of the young pig from birth to eight weeks of age.’
    • ‘Psychologists who deal with phobias usually trace them to incidents in very young childhood - from birth to about five.’
    • ‘Second, both doctors and mothers appear to be using C-sections to better time births.’
    • ‘These numbers are of course the final two digits in the years that mark the births and deaths of Hitler and Stalin, respectively.’
    childbirth, delivery, nativity, birthing
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    1. 1.1 The beginning or coming into existence of something.
      ‘the birth of democracy’
      • ‘Human evolution had its earliest beginnings in the birth of family life.’
      • ‘Only those moments that show democracy's birth and possibility, along with its decline and failure, become resources for imagining our future.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This was the birth of new and improved ventures.’
      • ‘The story of Tilth's remarkable birth also charts the beginnings of the sustainable agriculture movement’
      • ‘As Mr Peters said, this is the worst kind of start, or birth, for a new court.’
      • ‘Shia and Sunni Muslims have been inimical to each other from their inception, indeed their birth was caused by a war between two groups.’
      • ‘Most products, services, and the industries supplying them have a life cycle from birth, through growth, then to maturity and eventual decline.’
      • ‘Why does the left in Ireland have no problem siding objectively with those determined to strangle democracy at birth in Iraq?’
      • ‘When force secured partition, the UUP emerged to ensure that democracy in the North was smothered at birth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That's still 6 per cent short of the $1.17 rate at the euro's birth at the start of 1999.’
      • ‘An electional chart is a chart set up for the time of an event; for its beginning or birth.’
      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 American by birth’
      ‘he is not of noble birth’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They choose their kings by birth, their generals for merit.’
      • ‘He is a dual citizen but American by birth and accent.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some American servicemen and women are Muslim by birth.’
      • ‘Any musical artists of Canadian aboriginal status or non-status Metis or Inuit by birth, adoption or community acceptance are eligible for the awards.’
      • ‘Cortes considers himself Spanish by birth and gypsy by heritage.’
      • ‘I'm a new USA citizen, Australian by birth, who headed down to the Madison City Clerk's office today for early voting.’
      • ‘Syrian by birth, he was interrogated by U.S. officials and then deported.’
      • ‘I don't think there is a regional favorite, although he's clearly a South Carolinian by birth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He got there not by birth or revolution or coup like the rest, but through a Western-style democratic election, or so it seems.’
      • ‘All contestants must be Irish by birth or ancestry.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Indian by birth, he is on a foreign posting in New Delhi.’
      • ‘Mariam is English by birth, of French origin and resides in New Caledonia, and is currently travelling through India… phew!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His popularity sprang from his simple, evocative verse, augmented by the appeal of a noble birth, romantic youth, and tragic end.’
      • ‘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.’
      ancestry, descent, parentage, lineage, line, line of descent, heritage, family, stock, blood, bloodline, genealogy, breeding, pedigree, house, extraction, derivation, background
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]North American
informal
  • Give birth to (a baby or other young)

    ‘she had carried him and birthed him’
    [no object] ‘in spring the cows birthed’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Who do you think carried you, birthed you, endured the pain that you gave?’
    • ‘She birthed two daughters but died as the mother of many.’
    • ‘Clementine, like her mother, birthed seven children.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I birthed my son at home, alone except for my husband.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Simultaneously, they repeat those lines once more and the hulking man lowers his gaze to the tiny woman who birthed him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is also the season for fresh cheeses, because the goats who have birthed their young can spare you some of their milk.’
    • ‘But his stepmother was as close to him as if she had birthed him.’
    • ‘Everything was fine, and I birthed my beautiful daughter at home on July 30, 1993.’
    • ‘She birthed her baby, and every cell in her body knows and shows her strength.’
    • ‘But when the oil ran out, so did he, and Josefa birthed Rebecca into the world alone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His wife, Gabriela, just recently birthed their first child, Marcie.’
    • ‘I learned about homebirth; four of our five children were birthed at home.’
    • ‘Once an infertile woman has successfully birthed a child, then she and her partner may be asked to donate the unneeded embryos for research.’
    have, bear, produce, be delivered of, bring into the world
    birth
    drop
    mother
    be brought to bed of, bring forth
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Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse byrth; related to bear.

Pronunciation

birth

/bərTH/