Definition of born verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɔːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɔːrn//
    be born (used only in the passive, without by) Birth
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  1. 1  (abbreviation b.) to come out of your mother’s body at the beginning of your life I was born in 1976. He was born in a small village in northern Spain. She was born with a weak heart. born into something She was born into a very musical family. born of/to somebody He was born of/to German parents. + adj. Her brother was born blind (= was blind when he was born). + noun John Wayne was born Marion Michael Morrison (= that was his name at birth). CollocationsThe ages of lifeChildhood/​youth be born and raised/​bred in Oxford; into a wealthy/​middle-class family have a happy/​an unhappy/​a tough childhood grow up in a musical family/​in an orphanage/​on a farm be/​grow up an only child (= with no brothers or sisters) reach/​hit/​enter/​go through adolescence/​puberty be in your teens/​early twenties/​mid-twenties/​late twenties undergo/​experience physical/​psychological changes give in to/​succumb to/​resist peer pressure assert your independence/​individualityAdulthood leave school/​university/​home go out to work (at sixteen) get/​find a job/​partner be/​get engaged/​married have/​get a wife/​husband/​mortgage/​steady job settle down and have kids/​children/​a family begin/​start/​launch/​build a career (in politics/​science/​the music industry) prove (to be)/represent/​mark/​reach a turning point in your life/​career reach/​be well into/​settle into middle age have/​suffer/​go through a midlife crisis take/​consider early retirement approach/​announce/​enjoy your retirementOld age have/​see/​spend time with your grandchildren take up/​pursue/​develop a hobby get/​receive/​draw/​collect/​live on a pension approach/​save for/​die from old age live to a ripe old age reach the grand old age of 102/23 (often ironic) be/​become/​be getting/​be going senile (often ironic) die (peacefully)/pass away in your sleep/​after a brief illness See related entries: Birth
  2. 2  (of an idea, an organization, a feeling, etc.) to start to exist the city where the protest movement was born born (out) of something She acted with a courage born (out) of desperation.
  3. 3-born (in compounds) born in the order, way, place, etc. mentioned firstborn nobly born French-born see also newborn
  4. Word OriginOld English boren, past participle of beran ‘to bear’, of Germanic origin; from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit bharati, Greek pherein, and Latin ferre.Extra examples I was born and bred in Texas. She was born into a wealthy family. The part is played by an American-born actress. Their child was born with a serious medical problem. babies who are born to very young mothers to be born of noble parentsIdioms
    be/be born/be made that way
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    (of a person) to behave or do things in a particular manner because it is part of your character It's not his fault he's so pompous—he was born that way.
    be born to be/do something
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    to have something as your destiny (= what is certain to happen to you) from birth He was born to be a great composer.
    born and having grown up in a particular place with a particular background and education He was born and bred in Boston. I'm a Londoner, born and bred. More Like This Alliteration in idioms belt and braces, black and blue, born and bred, chalk and cheese, chop and change, done and dusted, down and dirty, in dribs and drabs, eat somebody out of house and home, facts and figures, fast and furious, first and foremost, forgive and forget, hale and hearty, hem and haw, kith and kin, mix and match, part and parcel, puff and pant, to rack and ruin, rant and rave, risk life and limb, short and sweet, signed and sealed, spic and span, through thick and thin, this and that, top and tail, tried and tested, wax and waneSee worksheet.
    born with a silver spoon in your mouth
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    (saying) having rich parents
    (old-fashioned, informal) used when you are very surprised at something you have never heard or seen before I've never heard such nonsense in all my born days. (informal) used to say that you are not stupid enough to believe what somebody is telling you Oh yeah? I wasn't born yesterday, you know. (British English, informal) to have an easy life without realizing how easy it is You people without kids don't know you're born.
    there’s one born every minute
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    (saying) used to say that somebody is very stupid
    (as/as if) to the manner born
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    (formal) as if something is natural for you and you have done it many times in the past She adapted to life on the estate as if to the manner born.
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