give birth



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give birth (third-person singular simple present gives birth, present participle giving birth, simple past gave birth, past participle given birth)

  1. (intransitive, of viviparous animals) To release live offspring from the body into the environment.
    It was clear that she was about to give birth.
  2. (intransitive, with to, of viviparous animals) To become the female parent of.
    She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.
  3. (intransitive, figuratively, usually with to, idiomatic) To become the source of.
    Einstein gave birth to a famous equation relating energy to mass.

Usage notesEdit

  • To "give birth" refers to either the moment of childbirth as a point in time or to the period of labor preceding childbirth.

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