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noun birth pronunciation in American English /bɜrθ/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the occasion of a baby being born
    We are happy to announce the birth of our son Andrew.
    John wanted to be present at the birth.
    from/since birth: James has been blind since birth.
    at birth (=at the time when you are born): children who have medical complications at birth
    place of birth: Place of birth: Reno
    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] the process of being born or of giving birth to a baby
      It was a very difficult birth.
    See also date of birth
  2. 2
    [uncountable] your status or position in society according to your family or the place where you were born
    Why should an accident of birth (=being born rich, poor, etc.) determine what opportunities you have?
    a woman of noble birth
    by birth: She’s a French national by birth.
  3. 3
    [singular] the beginning of something such as an idea, institution, or nation
    birth of: the birth of a new era in Latin American politics

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