- 1The emergence of a baby or other young from the body of its mother; the start of life as a physically separate being: he was blind from birth [count noun]: despite a difficult birth he’s fit and healthyMore example sentences
- For mothers planning natural births, the next few hours are likely to be suspenseful.
- In a pride, mothers will synchronise the births of their cubs so they can form a crèche and share the workload.
- All of her four births were difficult, with pre- and post-birth bed-rest necessary.
- 1.1The beginning or coming into existence of something: the birth of Socialist RealismMore example sentences
- The story of Tilth's remarkable birth also charts the beginnings of the sustainable agriculture movement
- This was the birth of new and improved ventures.
- An electional chart is a chart set up for the time of an event; for its beginning or birth.
- 1.2A person’s origin, descent, or ancestry: the mother is English by birth he is of noble birthMore example sentences
- Mariam is English by birth, of French origin and resides in New Caledonia, and is currently travelling through India… phew!
- All contestants must be Irish by birth or ancestry.
- Cortes considers himself Spanish by birth and gypsy by heritage.
verb[with object] • informal , chiefly North American Back to top
- Give birth to (a baby or other young): she birthed five children within ten yearsMore example sentences
- I learned about homebirth; four of our five children were birthed at home.
- Although I am petite, both babies were birthed without any tears or cutting.
- Many of our women have birthed babies via artificial insemination.
- Bear a child or young: she gave birth to a sonMore example sentences
- I have a very young family and am only a few days out of hospital after giving birth to my youngest son Michael.
- A grieving father is bringing up two children alone after his young wife died giving birth.
- The common lizard is distributed throughout Britain and the female gives birth to live young.
Middle English: from Old Norse byrth; related to bear1.