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birth (bɜːθ Pronunciation for birth

Definitions

noun

  1. the process of bearing young; parturition; childbirth related adjective natal
  2. the act or fact of being born; nativity
  3. the coming into existence of something; origin
  4. ancestry; lineage   ⇒ of high birth
  5. noble ancestry   ⇒ a man of birth
  6. natural or inherited talent   ⇒ an artist by birth
  7. (archaic) the offspring or young born at a particular time or of a particular mother
  8. See give birth

verb (transitive)

(rare)
  1. to bear or bring forth (a child)

Word Origin

C12: from Old Norse byrth; related to Gothic gabaurths, Old Swedish byrdh, Old High German berd child; see bear1, bairn

Quotations including 'birth'

  • "Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,Hath had elsewhere its setting,And cometh from afar" [William Wordsworth
  • "Birth, and copulation, and death.That's all the facts when you come to brass tacks:Birth, and copulation and death.I've been born, and once is enough" [T.S. Eliot
  • "It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other" [Francis Bacon
  • "There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval" [George Santayana

Translations for 'birth'

  • British English: birthPronunciation for birth When a baby is born, you refer to this event as its birth.The twins were separated at birth.bɜːθ NOUN
  • Arabic: مِيلادPronunciation for مِيلاد
  • Brazilian Portuguese: nascimentoPronunciation for nascimento
  • Chinese: 出生Pronunciation for 出生
  • Croatian: rođenjePronunciation for rođenje
  • Czech: narozeníPronunciation for narození
  • Danish: fødselPronunciation for fødsel
  • Dutch: geboortePronunciation for geboorte
  • European Spanish: nacimientoPronunciation for nacimiento
  • Finnish: syntymäPronunciation for syntymä
  • French: naissancePronunciation for naissance
  • German: GeburtPronunciation for Geburt
  • Greek: γέννησηPronunciation for γέννηση
  • Italian: nascitaPronunciation for nascita
  • Japanese: 誕生Pronunciation for 誕生
  • Korean: 출생Pronunciation for 출생
  • Norwegian: fødselPronunciation for fødsel
  • Polish: narodzinyPronunciation for narodziny
  • Portuguese: nascimentoPronunciation for nascimento
  • Romanian: naștere nașteri
  • Russian: рождениеPronunciation for рождение
  • Spanish: nacimientoPronunciation for nacimiento
  • Swedish: födelsePronunciation for födelse
  • Thai: การเกิดPronunciation for การเกิด
  • Turkish: doğumPronunciation for doğum
  • Ukrainian: народження
  • Vietnamese: sự sinh đẻPronunciation for sự sinh đẻ

Example Sentences Including 'birth'

I was also, probably, about to learn my true date of birth.
Isabel Wolff RESCUING ROSE (2002)
In reply Adam laid down a copy of an original birth certificate.
Stuart Harrison LOST SUMMER (2002)
They judge people by their actions, not an accident of birth.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)

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