birth
Pronunciation
  • (British) enPR: bûth, IPA: /bɜːθ/
  • (America) enPR: bûrth, IPA: /bɝθ/

Noun

birth

  1. (uncountable) The process of childbearing; the beginning of life.
  2. (countable) An instance of childbirth.
    Intersex babies account for roughly one per cent of all births.
  3. (countable) A beginning or start; a point of origin.
    the birth of an empire
  4. (uncountable) The circumstances of one's background, ancestry, or upbringing.
    He was of noble birth, but fortune had not favored him.
  5. That which is born.
  6. Misspelling of berth
Antonyms
  • (beginning of life) death
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Adjective

birth (not comparable)

  1. A familial relationship established by childbirth.
    Her birth father left when she was a baby; she was raised by her mother and stepfather.
Synonyms
Verb

birth (births, present participle birthing; past and past participle birthed)

  1. (dated or regional) To bear or give birth to (a child).
  2. (figuratively) To produce, give rise to.
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