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birth

[burth] /bɜrθ/
noun
1.
an act or instance of being born:
the day of his birth.
2.
the act or process of bearing or bringing forth offspring; childbirth; parturition:
a difficult birth.
3.
lineage; extraction; descent:
of Grecian birth.
4.
high or noble lineage:
to be foolishly vain about one's birth.
5.
natural heritage:
a musician by birth.
6.
any coming into existence; origin; beginning:
the birth of Protestantism; the birth of an idea.
7.
Archaic. something that is born.
verb (used with object), Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
8.
to give birth to.
9.
to assist in giving birth; act as midwife for.
Idioms
10.
give birth to,
  1. to bear (a child).
  2. to initiate; originate:
    Her hobby gave birth to a successful business.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English byrthe < Scandinavian; compare Old Swedish byrth; cognate with Old English gebyrd, Old High German giburt, Gothic gabaurths
Related forms
multibirth, noun
Can be confused
berth, birth.
Synonyms
3. parentage, ancestry, line, blood, family. 6. start, commencement, inception, genesis; launching, inauguration.
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British Dictionary definitions for give birth to

birth

/bɜːθ/
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.
give birth
  1. to bear (offspring)
  2. to produce, originate, or create (an idea, plan, etc)
verb (transitive) (rare)
9.
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
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Word Origin and History for give birth to

birth

n.

early 13c., from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse *byrðr (replacing cognate Old English gebyrd "birth, descent, race; offspring; nature; fate"), from Proto-Germanic *gaburthis (cf. Old Frisian berd, Old Saxon giburd, Dutch geboorte, Old High German giburt, German geburt, Gothic gabaurþs), from PIE *bhrto past participle of root *bher- (1) "to carry; to bear children" (cf. Sanskrit bhrtih "a bringing, maintenance," Latin fors, genitive fortis "chance;" see bear (v.)). Suffix -th is for "process" (as in bath, death). Meaning "parentage, lineage, extraction" (revived from Old English) is from mid-13c. Birth control is from 1914; birth rate from 1859. Birth certificate is from 1842.

v.

mid-13c., from birth (n.). Related: Birthed; birthing.

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give birth to in Medicine

birth (bûrth)
n.

  1. The emergence and separation of offspring from the body of the mother.

  2. The act or process of bearing young; parturition.

  3. The circumstances or conditions relating to this event, as its time or location.

  4. The set of characteristics or circumstances received from one's ancestors; inheritance.

  5. Origin; extraction.

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give birth to in Science
birth
  (bûrth)   
Noun  The emergence and separation of offspring from the body of its mother, seen in all mammals except monotremes.

Adjective  Present at birth, as a defect in a bodily structure.
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give birth to in the Bible

As soon as a child was born it was washed, and rubbed with salt (Ezek. 16:4), and then swathed with bandages (Job 38:9; Luke 2:7, 12). A Hebrew mother remained forty days in seclusion after the birth of a son, and after the birth of a daughter double that number of days. At the close of that period she entered into the tabernacle or temple and offered up a sacrifice of purification (Lev. 12:1-8; Luke 2:22). A son was circumcised on the eighth day after his birth, being thereby consecrated to God (Gen. 17:10-12; comp. Rom. 4:11). Seasons of misfortune are likened to the pains of a woman in travail, and seasons of prosperity to the joy that succeeds child-birth (Isa. 13:8; Jer. 4:31; John 16:21, 22). The natural birth is referred to as the emblem of the new birth (John 3:3-8; Gal. 6:15; Titus 3:5, etc.).

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Idioms and Phrases with give birth to

give birth to

.
Bear a child, as in She gave birth to her first child exactly at midnight. [ Early 1800s ]
.
Also, give rise to. Be the cause or origin of. For example, His hobby gave birth to a very successful business, or The economic situation gave rise to widespread dissatisfaction. The first term dates from the early 1700s, the second from the late 1700s.

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