[ chahyld-bair-ing ]
/ ˈtʃaɪldˌbɛər ɪŋ /


the act of producing or bringing forth children.


capable of, suitable for, or relating to the bearing of a child or of children: the childbearing years.

Origin of childbearing

A Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at child, bearing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for childbearing



  1. the act or process of carrying and giving birth to a child
  2. (as modifier)of child-bearing age
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Medical definitions for childbearing

[ chīldbâr′ĭng ]


Pregnancy and parturition.

Other words from childbearing

childbear′ing adj.
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