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Definition of born in English:


1Existing as a result of birth: she was born in Aberdeen I was born with a sense of curiosity a newly born baby
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  • Cases of babies born with low birth weights are five per cent higher near landfill sites.
  • We know the story about the baby who was born to migrant parents in an occupied country.
  • She was born with a rare birth defect that left her with a huge growth on her neck and has spent most of her early life in hospital.
1.1 [in combination] Having a specific nationality: a German-born philosopher
1.2 [attributive] Having a natural ability to do a particular job: he’s a born engineer
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  • He thrived in the training and displayed the natural attributes of a born soldier.
  • Are you a born investment banker?
  • Are you a born athlete?
1.3 [predicative, with infinitive] Perfectly suited or trained to do a particular job: men born to rule
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  • Balcon felt he was born to be a soldier.
  • He was born to be an actor, and when he conscientiously set himself to a task he could blend his genius with a thoroughly sound and intelligent craftsmanship.
  • He was born to serve and served his primary constituency diligently.
1.4(Of an organization, movement, or idea) brought into existence: on 1 January 1992, the new company was born
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  • The idea was born from the damage done to the local tourist industry in the wake of the foot and mouth disease outbreak.
  • The idea was born when Prince William enjoyed a pint of cider in the hotel's Road Hole Bar last summer.
  • In large measure this had to do with the circumstances in which the Association movement was born.
1.5 (born of) Existing as a result of (a particular situation or feeling): his work is born of despair
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  • You and your friends will share extraordinary bonds, born of surviving desperate situations.
  • Some might say this is a complete waste of time, but it is born of hope, not despair, and I will keep trying.
  • His more recent vehicle, the Hunter Foundation, is a creature born of his obsession with Carnegie.


Old English boren, past participle of beran 'to bear' (see bear1).


On the difference between born and borne, see bear1 (usage).


born and bred

By birth and upbringing, especially with reference to someone considered a typical product of a place: he was a Cambridge man born and bred
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  • ‘A lot of it is what I remember from my youth,’ said David, who was born and bred in Cowling.
  • Tom is London born and bred, which is clear from his sound, his voice, but it isn't London-y in an overbearing way either, which is nice.
  • But it could demonstrate a twisted streak in him that he would not want to play for the country both he and his parents were born and bred in.

born on the wrong side of the blanket


be born with a silver spoon in one's mouth

Be born into a wealthy family of high social standing: it’s obvious that he wasn’t raised with a silver spoon

in all one's born days

Used to express surprise at something one has not encountered before: in all my born days I’ve never seen the like of it
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  • It's not going to be very difficult to convince me to attend anything at the Esplanade Studios in future, because I have never heard such amazing sound in a gig in all my born days.
  • ‘Never in all our born days!’ the woman exclaimed.
  • Finally he pushed his chair back, wiped his mouth with a sleeve that had seen such service often before and spoke: ‘Bruther, that was the best feed I ever had in all my born days.’

not know one is born

British Used to convey that someone has an easy life without realizing how easy it is: you lot without families don’t know you’re born
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  • He doesn't know he's born!
  • What a softie—he doesn't know he's born!
  • The original poster should wake up and realise that he doesn't know he's born.

there's one (or a sucker) born every minute

informal There are many gullible people.
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  • Nevertheless, the comments show that there's one born every minute.
  • Astrology proves one thing and one thing only—there's one born every minute.
  • However, generally accepted accounting principles, in their wisdom, also give companies the flexibility to book the revenue when such claims are filed (on the assumption, I guess, that there's a sucker born every minute.)

I (or he, she, etc.) wasn't born yesterday

Used to indicate that one (or another person) is not foolish or gullible.
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  • I've heard a few things about these things; I wasn't born yesterday, you know.
  • Mel, I wasn't born yesterday; now go get ready before I change my mind.
  • I understand second guessing, I will do it at times also, but let's use this to remember that Walt wasn't born yesterday.

Words that rhyme with born

adorn, borne, bourn, Braun, brawn, corn, dawn, drawn, faun, fawn, forborne, forewarn, forlorn, freeborn, lawn, lorn, morn, mourn, newborn, Norn, outworn, pawn, prawn, Quorn, sawn, scorn, Sean, shorn, spawn, suborn, sworn, thorn, thrawn, torn, Vaughan, warn, withdrawn, worn, yawn

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