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English noun: birth

1. birth (time) the time when something begins (especially life)

SamplesThey divorced after the birth of the child.
His election signaled the birth of a new age.

Broader (hypernym)beginning, commencement, first, get-go, kickoff, offset, outset, showtime, start, starting time

Narrower (hyponym)cradle

Part meronymlife, life-time, lifespan, lifetime

Antonymsdemise, dying, death

2. birth (event) the event of being born

SamplesThey celebrated the birth of their first child.

Synonymsnascence, nascency, nativity

Broader (hypernym)alteration, change, modification

Narrower (hyponym)delivery, live birth, posthumous birth, posthumous birth, rebirth, reincarnation, renascence

Antonymsdeath, decease, expiry

3. birth (process) the process of giving birth

Synonymsbirthing, giving birth, parturition

Broader (hypernym)biological process, organic process

Narrower (hyponym)accouchement, brooding, calving, childbearing, childbed, childbirth, confinement, egg laying, farrow, farrowing, hatch, hatching, incubation, labor, labour, laying, lying-in, parturiency, travail, vaginal birth

Part meronymreproduction

4. birth the kinship relation of an offspring to the parents


Broader (hypernym)family relationship, kinship, relationship

5. birth (person) a baby born; an offspring

SamplesThe overall rate of incidence of Down's syndrome is one in every 800 births.

Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

English verb: birth

1. birth (body) cause to be born

SamplesMy wife had twins yesterday!.

Synonymsbear, deliver, give birth, have

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bring forth, produce

Narrower (hyponym)bear, calve, carry, cub, drop, expect, farrow, fawn, foal, gestate, have a bun in the oven, have young, kitten, lamb, litter, pig, pup, twin, whelp


Verb groupbear, carry, expect, gestate, have a bun in the oven

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