birth Definition

  • 1the emergence of a baby or other young from the body of its mother; the start of life as a physically separate being
  • 2the beginning or origin of something

Using birth: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "birth" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The birth of her child was a joyous occasion.

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    The birth rate in the country has been declining for years.

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    The birth of the internet revolutionized communication.

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    The birth of a new era in space exploration is upon us.

birth Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using birth

  • to be the cause of something new or significant


    The invention of the printing press gave birth to the modern era of mass communication.

  • to witness the beginning or origin of something


    He was present at the birth of the internet and saw its potential from the very beginning.

  • a baptism of fire/birth

    a difficult or challenging initiation into a new role or experience


    Starting a new job can be a baptism of fire, but it's also a birth of new opportunities.

Phrases with birth

  • to have a baby or young emerge from one's body


    She gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

  • methods used to prevent pregnancy


    She uses birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

  • an official document that records the details of a person's birth


    You need to bring your birth certificate when you apply for a passport.

Origins of birth

from Old English 'byrth'


Summary: birth in Brief

The term 'birth' [bɜːθ] refers to the emergence of a baby or other young from the body of its mother, or the beginning or origin of something. It encompasses phrases like 'give birth,' 'birth control,' and 'birth certificate,' and idioms like 'give birth to' and 'be present at the birth of.' 'Birth' can also denote a difficult initiation into a new role or experience, as in 'a baptism of fire/birth.'

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