birth

[ burth ]
/ bɜrθ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. birr,
  2. birretta,
  3. birri,
  4. birrus,
  5. birse,
  6. birth canal,
  7. birth certificate,
  8. birth control,
  9. birth control pill,
  10. birth date

Idioms

    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

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British Dictionary definitions for give birth to

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

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Word Origin and History for give birth to
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Medicine definitions for give birth to

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.

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Science definitions for give birth to

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.
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Idioms and Phrases with give birth to

give birth to

1

Bear a child, as in She gave birth to her first child exactly at midnight. [Early 1800s]

2

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.

birth

see give birth to.

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