Definition of Give birth

1. Verb. Cause to be born. "My wife had twins yesterday!"

Exact synonyms: Bear, Birth, Deliver, Have
Entails: Conceive
Specialized synonyms: Twin, Drop, Foal, Cub, Kitten, Lamb, Litter, Pup, Whelp, Farrow, Pig, Fawn, Calve, Have Young, Bear, Carry, Expect, Gestate, Have A Bun In The Oven
Related verbs: Bear, Carry, Expect, Gestate, Have A Bun In The Oven
Generic synonyms: Bring Forth, Produce
Derivative terms: Birth, Birth, Birth, Delivery

2. Verb. Create or produce an idea. "Marx and Engels gave birth to communism"

Definition of Give birth

1. Verb. (intransitive of viviparous animals) To release live offspring from the body into the environment ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive with ''to'' of viviparous animals) To become the female parent of. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive figuratively usually with ''to'') To become the source of. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Give Birth

give a rat's arse
give a ring
give a sneck posset
give about
give against
give an eye-tooth
give and take
give as good as one gets
give away
give away the store
give back
give birth (current term)
give by
give care
give chase
give cry
give curry
give ear
give forth
give heed
give him enough rope and he'll hang himself
give hostage to fortune
give in
give into

Literary usage of Give birth

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1772)
"An emulation would thus arife where it is much wanted ; and England might yet give birth to other Bacons and other ..."

2. An Introduction to Entomology by John Henry Comstock, Anna Botsford Comstock (1888)
"These in due time give birth to young, which soon become agamic, egg-laying mothers, like the first ; and, like them, always remain wingless. ..."

3. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham (1879)
"With respect to goodness and badness, as it is with give birth to everything else that is not itself either pain or pleasure, so is it act. with motives. ..."

4. Guesses at Truth by Julius Charles Hare, Augustus William Hare (1847)
"their consequences, and develope themselves along with the events they give birth to. tr. He must be a thorough fool, who can learn nothing from his own ..."

5. Our First Century: Being a Popular Descriptive Portraiture of the One by Richard Miller Devens (1876)
"Her Claim to be His Widow and Heiress —She Secretly Borrows an Infant, to which She Pretends to give birth as Doctor ..."

6. The Problem of Human Life: Embracing the "evolution of Sound" and "evolution by Alexander Wilford Hall (1880)
"Note the following words :— "Vibrations which produce a large amount of disturbance give birth to secondary waves which appeal to the ear as resultant tones ..."

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