born - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [never before noun] when a baby is born, it comes out of its mother’s 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. a.
      used for saying where someone was born

      a German-born tennis player

    2. 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.

  3. 3
    [never before noun] if a new organization, idea etc is born, it begins to exist

    the laboratory where nuclear physics was born