verb (used with object) Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
- to bear (a child).
- to initiate; originate: Her hobby gave birth to a successful business.
Origin of birth
Related formsmul·ti·birth, noun
Can be confusedberth birth
British Dictionary definitions for give birth to
- to bear (offspring)
- to produce, originate, or create (an idea, plan, etc)
verb (tr) rare
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Idioms and Phrases with give birth to (1 of 2)
give birth to
Bear a child, as in She gave birth to her first child exactly at midnight. [Early 1800s]
Also, give rise to. Be the cause or origin of. For example, His hobby gave birth to a very successful business, or The economic situation gave rise to widespread dissatisfaction. The first term dates from the early 1700s, the second from the late 1700s.
Idioms and Phrases with give birth to (2 of 2)
see give birth to.