childbearing

childbearing
child|bear|ing [ˈtʃaıldˌbeərıŋ US -ˌber-] n [U]
1.) the process of being ↑pregnant and giving birth to children
the trend towards later marriage and childbearing
2.) childbearing age/years
if a woman is of childbearing age or in her childbearing years, she is of an age when it is physically possible for her to have babies

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Childbearing — Child bear ing, n. The act of producing or bringing forth children; parturition. Milton. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • childbearing — bringing forth of a child, also as a prp. adj., late 14c., from CHILD (Cf. child) + prp. of BEAR (Cf. bear) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • childbearing — [chīld′ber΄iŋ] n. the act or process of giving birth to children; parturition …   English World dictionary

  • childbearing — adjective Date: 14th century of or relating to the process of conceiving, being pregnant with, and giving birth to children < women of childbearing age > • childbearing noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • childbearing — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun Childbearing is used before these nouns: ↑age {{Roman}}II.{{/Roman}} adj. Childbearing is used with these nouns: ↑hip …   Collocations dictionary

  • childbearing — child|bear|ing [ tʃaıld,berıŋ ] noun uncount the process of being pregnant and giving birth to children: of childbearing age (=old or young enough to give birth): She was just a girl, hardly of childbearing age …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • childbearing — [[t]tʃa͟ɪldbeərɪŋ[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT Childbearing is the process of giving birth to babies. 2) ADJ: ADJ n A woman of childbearing age is of an age when women are normally able to give birth to children …   English dictionary

  • childbearing — UK [ˈtʃaɪldˌbeərɪŋ] / US [ˈtʃaɪldˌberɪŋ] noun [uncountable] the process of being pregnant and giving birth to children of childbearing age (= old or young enough to give birth): She was just a girl, hardly of childbearing age …   English dictionary

  • childbearing — /chuyld bair ing/, n. 1. the act of producing or bringing forth children. adj. 2. capable of, suitable for, or relating to the bearing of a child or of children: the childbearing years. [1350 1400; ME; see CHILD, BEARING] * * * …   Universalium

  • childbearing — 1. noun The process of giving birth; pregnancy and parturition 2. adjective Of, pertaining to, or suitable for childbirth Women in the latter stages of childbearing should not be permitted to attend the toll of the manufactories …   Wiktionary

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