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Pronunciation: /bɔːrn; bɔːn/

Translation of born in Spanish:

past participle of bear1
  • 1.1to be born nacer* when was she born? ¿cuándo nació? to be born blind she was born blind es ciega de nacimiento the young are born blind las crías nacen ciegas to be born lucky nacer* con suerte poets are born not made los poetas nacen, no se hacento be born into sth he was born into a Protestant family/the aristocracy nació en el seno de una familia protestante/aristócrata born into poverty nacido en la pobreza to be born into the world [literary/literario] venir* al mundoto be born of sb/sth she was born of middle-class parents sus padres eran de clase media, nació en una familia de clase media with the confidence born of experience con la confianza que da la experienciato be born to sb [formal] a child was born to them tuvieron un hijo I wasn't born yesterday, you know! ¡oye, que no nací ayer or [colloquial/familiar] que no me chupo el dedo! there's one born every minute! hay tontos para repartir or para dar y vender were you born in a barn? ¿es que traes cola? (Latin America/América Latina) young people today don't know they're born! los jóvenes de hoy no saben lo que tienen born Jane Smith (real name) cuyo verdadero nombre es/era Jane Smith (neé) de soltera Jane Smith 1.2 (destined)to be born to sth/to + infinitive/infinitivo he was born to (a life of) luxury nació para (ser) rico this is the book I was born to write estaba destinado a escribir este libro this is what I was born for o what I was born to do yo he nacido para esto


  • (before noun/delante del nombre) [teacher/actor/leader/musician] nato she has a born aptitude for teaching tiene una aptitud innata para la enseñanza in all my born days [colloquial/familiar] en toda mi vida he's a born loser siempre ha sido y será un perdedor

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