W2S2 [bə:θ US bə:rθ] n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old Norse; Origin: byrth]
1.) give birth (to sb)
if a woman gives birth, she produces a baby from her body
Patsy was celebrating last night after giving birth to twins.
2.) [U and C]
the time when a baby comes out of its mother's body
Congratulations on the birth of your daughter!
He only weighed 2 kilos at birth .
Henry has been blind from birth .
What's your date of birth ?
The exact place of birth is not recorded.
They believe that the position of the planets at the time of birth determines the fate of the individual.
More and more women are choosing to have home births .
Smoking in pregnancy has been linked to premature birth .
the association between birth weight and blood pressure
The drug was found to cause serious birth defects .
3.) [singular]
the time when something new starts to exist
birth of
the birth of a nation
The film gave birth to a TV show of the same name.
4.) [U]
the character, language, social position etc that you have because of the family or country you come from
a woman of noble birth
French/German etc by birth
COLLOCATES for sense 2
at birth
from/since birth
date of birth especially BrE
birth date especially AmE
place of birth
time of birth
home birth (=when a mother gives birth at home instead of in a hospital)
hospital birth (=when a mother gives birth in hospital)
premature birth (=when a baby is born earlier than it should be)
stillbirth (=when a baby is born dead)
multiple birth (=when a mother gives birth to two babies or more at the same time)
birth weight
birth defect (=something wrong with a baby when it is born)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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