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adjective born pronunciation in British English /bɔː(r)n/
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  1. 1
    [never before noun] when a baby is born, it comes out of its mothers body and starts its life. The time when you are born is your birth, and a mother gives birth to a baby
    Her grandfather died before she was born.
    born in: I was born in Tokyo.
    born on: The twins were born on 29 August, 1962.
    born into: Meg was born into a large family.
    born to: More children are now born to older women.
    1. b.
      used for saying that someone had a particular condition, personal quality, name, or social status at the time when they were born
      He was born blind.
      In extreme cases, babies can be born addicted to heroin.
      George Washington Carver was born a slave.
      Elton John, born Reginald Dwight
  2. 2
    used for emphasizing that someone has a natural ability to do something well or to behave in a certain way
    Natalie was born to be a dancer.
    a born salesman/leader/optimist
  3. 3
    [never before noun] if a new organization, idea etc is born, it begins to exist
    the laboratory where nuclear physics was born



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