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born

[bawrn] /bɔrn/
adjective
1.
brought forth by birth.
2.
possessing from birth the quality, circumstances, or character stated:
a born musician; a born fool.
3.
native to the locale stated; immigrated to the present place from the locale stated:
a German-born scientist; a Chicago-born New Yorker.
verb
4.
a past participle of bear1 .
Idioms
5.
born yesterday, naive; inexperienced:
You can't fool me with that old trick—I wasn't born yesterday.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English boren (past participle of beran to bear1), equivalent to bor- past participle stem + -en -en3
Related forms
preborn, adjective
self-born, adjective
Can be confused
born, borne (see usage note at bear)
Usage note
See bear1.
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British Dictionary definitions for born yester-day

born

/bɔːn/
verb
1.
the past participle (in most passive uses) of bear1 (sense 4)
2.
was not born yesterday, is not gullible or foolish
adjective
3.
possessing or appearing to have possessed certain qualities from birth a born musician
4.
  1. being at birth in a particular social status or other condition as specified ignobly born
  2. (in combination) lowborn
5.
(informal) in all one's born days, so far in one's life
Usage note
Care should be taken not to use born where borne is intended: he had borne (not born) his ordeal with great courage; the following points should be borne in mind

Born

/bɔːn/
noun
1.
Max. 1882–1970, British nuclear physicist, born in Germany, noted for his fundamental contribution to quantum mechanics: Nobel prize for physics 1954
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Word Origin and History for born yester-day
born
O.E. boren, alt. pp. of beran (see bear (v.)). Distinction between born and borne is 17c. Born-again (adj.), of Christians, is from 1961, based on John iii:3. Used in fig. (non-religious) sense from 1977.
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Idioms and Phrases with born yester-day
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