verb (used with object) Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.

to give birth to.
to assist in giving birth; act as midwife for.


    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
Related formsmul·ti·birth, noun
Can be confusedberth birth

Synonyms for birth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the process of bearing young; parturition; childbirthRelated adjective: natal
the act or fact of being born; nativity
the coming into existence of something; origin
ancestry; lineageof high birth
noble ancestrya man of birth
natural or inherited talentan artist by birth
archaic the offspring or young born at a particular time or of a particular mother
give birth
  1. to bear (offspring)
  2. to produce, originate, or create (an idea, plan, etc)

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
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Word Origin and History for birthed



early 13c., from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse *byrðr (replacing cognate Old English gebyrd "birth, descent, race; offspring; nature; fate"), from Proto-Germanic *gaburthis (cf. Old Frisian berd, Old Saxon giburd, Dutch geboorte, Old High German giburt, German geburt, Gothic gabaurþs), from PIE *bhrto past participle of root *bher- (1) "to carry; to bear children" (cf. Sanskrit bhrtih "a bringing, maintenance," Latin fors, genitive fortis "chance;" see bear (v.)). Suffix -th is for "process" (as in bath, death). Meaning "parentage, lineage, extraction" (revived from Old English) is from mid-13c. Birth control is from 1914; birth rate from 1859. Birth certificate is from 1842.



mid-13c., from birth (n.). Related: Birthed; birthing.

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birthed in Medicine




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.
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birthed in Science




The emergence and separation of offspring from the body of its mother, seen in all mammals except monotremes.


Present at birth, as a defect in a bodily structure.
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Idioms and Phrases with birthed


see give birth to.

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