verb (used with object) Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
- birth canal,
- birth certificate,
- birth control,
- birth control pill,
- birth date
- to bear (a child).
- to initiate; originate: Her hobby gave birth to a successful business.
Origin of birth
- to bear (offspring)
- to produce, originate, or create (an idea, plan, etc)
verb (tr) rare
Word Origin for birth
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.
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.
see give birth to.