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[n] the event of being born; "they celebrated the birth of their first child"
[n] the process of giving birth
[n] the kinship relation of an offspring to the parents
[n] the time when something begins (especially life); "they divorced after the birth of the child" or"his election signaled the birth of a new age"
[v] give birth (to a newborn); "My wife had twins yesterday!"

Antonyms

death, death, decease, demise, dying

Misc. Definitions

\Birth\ (b[~e]rth), n. [OE. burth, birth, AS. beor[edt], gebyrd, fr. beran to bear, bring forth; akin to D. geboorte, OHG. burt, giburt, G. geburt, Icel. bur[eth]r, Skr. bhrti bearing, supporting; cf. Ir. & Gael. beirthe born, brought forth. [root]9
2. See 1st {Bear}, and cf. {Berth}.]
1. The act or fact of coming into life, or of being born; -- generally applied to human beings; as, the birth of a son.
2. Lineage; extraction; descent; sometimes, high birth; noble extraction. Elected without reference to birth, but solely for qualifications. --Prescott.
3. The condition to which a person is born; natural state or position; inherited disposition or tendency. A foe by birth to Troy's unhappy name. --Dryden.
4. The act of bringing forth; as, she had two children at a birth. ``At her next birth.'' --Milton.
5. That which is born; that which is produced, whether animal or vegetable. Poets are far rarer births than kings. --B. Jonson. Others hatch their eggs and tend the birth till it is able to shift for itself. --Addison.
6. Origin; beginning; as, the birth of an empire. {New birth} (Theol.), regeneration, or the commencement of a religious life. Syn: Parentage; extraction; lineage; race; family.
\Birth\, n. See {Berth}. [Obs.] --De Foe.

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