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birth

[ burth ]
/ bɜrθ /
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noun
verb (used with object) Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
to give birth to.
to assist in giving birth; act as midwife for.
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Idioms about birth

    give birth to,
    1. to bear (a child).
    2. to initiate; originate: Her hobby gave birth to a successful business.

Origin of birth

1150–1200; Middle English byrthe<Scandinavian; compare Old Swedish byrth; cognate with Old English gebyrd,Old High German giburt,Gothic gabaurths

OTHER WORDS FROM birth

mul·ti·birth, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH birth

berth, birth
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British Dictionary definitions for birth

birth
/ (bɜːθ) /

noun
verb (tr) rare
to bear or bring forth (a child)

Word Origin for birth

C12: from Old Norse byrth; related to Gothic gabaurths, Old Swedish byrdh, Old High German berd child; see bear 1, bairn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for birth

birth
[ bûrth ]

n.
The emergence and separation of offspring from the body of the mother.
The act or process of bearing young; parturition.
The circumstances or conditions relating to this event, as its time or location.
The set of characteristics or circumstances received from one's ancestors; inheritance.
Origin; extraction.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for birth

birth
[ bûrth ]

Noun
The emergence and separation of offspring from the body of its mother, seen in all mammals except monotremes.
Adjective
Present at birth, as a defect in a bodily structure.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Other Idioms and Phrases with birth

birth

see give birth to.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
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