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Meaning of born by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /ˈbɔː( r )n/, /bɔən/, /bɔəɹn/, X-SAMPA: /"bo:( r )n/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )n

    Etymology 1

    From the verb to bear .



    1. Past participle of bear; given birth to .


    born ( not comparable )

    1. Well suited to ( some behaviour or occupation ), as though from birth.
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    Etymology 2

    Dialectal variant of burn .


    born ( plural: borns )

    1. ( Geordie ) Alternative spelling of burn. A stream .
    • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, ISBN 0946928118


    born ( third-person singular simple present borns present participle bornin, simple past and past participle bornt )

    1. ( Geordie ) Alternative spelling of burn. With fire .
    • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [1]



    • Brno


    By Wiktionary ( 2008/11/12 10:54 UTC Version )



    1. ( usually hyphenated, preceded by a noun or adjective ) Born in or native to the place indicated .
      I am Scottish-born .
      I am Texas-born .
    2. ( sometimes hyphenated, usually preceded by an adjective ) With respect to birth order or social rank .
      She is my firstborn child .
      He was a low-born rascal .

Explanation of born by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. being talented through inherited qualities

    2. a born musician
    3. brought into existence

    4. he was a child born of adultery
    1. British nuclear physicist ( born in Germany ) honored for his contributions to quantum mechanics ( 1882-1970 )

    Definition of born by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Bear ( bâr ), v. t. [imp. Bore ( bōr ) ( formerly Bare ( bâr ) ); p. p. Born ( bôrn ), Borne ( bōrn ); p. pr. & vb. n. Bearing.] [OE. beren, AS. beran, beoran, to bear, carry, produce; akin to D. baren to bring forth, G. gebären, Goth. baíran to bear or carry, Icel. bera, Sw. bära, Dan. bære, OHG. beran, peran, L. ferre to bear, carry, produce, Gr. φέρειν, OSlav. brati to take, carry, OIr. berim I bear, Skr. bhṛ to bear. √92. Cf. Fertile.]
      1. To support or sustain; to hold up.

      2. To support and remove or carry; to convey.

      I 'll bear your logs the while. Shak.

      3. To conduct; to bring; -- said of persons. [Obs.]

      Bear them to my house. Shak.

      4. To possess and use, as power; to exercise.

      Every man should bear rule in his own house. Esther i. 22.

      5. To sustain; to have on ( written or inscribed, or as a mark ), as, “the tablet bears this inscription”.

      6. To possess or carry, as a mark of authority or distinction; to wear; as, “to bear a sword, badge, or name”.

      7. To possess mentally; to carry or hold in the mind; to entertain; to harbor Dryden.

      The ancient grudge I bear him. Shak.

      8. To endure; to tolerate; to undergo; to suffer.

      Should such a man, too fond to rule alone,

      Bear, like the Turk, no brother near the throne. Pope.

      I cannot bear

      The murmur of this lake to hear. Shelley.

      My punishment is greater than I can bear. Gen. iv. 13.

      9. To gain or win. [Obs.]

      Some think to bear it by speaking a great word. Bacon.

      She was . . . found not guilty, through bearing of friends and bribing of the judge. Latimer.

      10. To sustain, or be answerable for, as blame, expense, responsibility, etc.

      He shall bear their iniquities. Is. liii. 11.

      Somewhat that will bear your charges. Dryden.

      11. To render or give; to bring forward. “Your testimony bear” Dryden.

      12. To carry on, or maintain; to have. “The credit of bearing a part in the conversation.” Locke.

      13. To admit or be capable of; that is, to suffer or sustain without violence, injury, or change.

      In all criminal cases the most favorable interpretation should be put on words that they can possibly bear. Swift.

      14. To manage, wield, or direct. “Thus must thou thy body bear.” Shak. Hence: To behave; to conduct.

      Hath he borne himself penitently in prison? Shak.

      15. To afford; to be to; to supply with.

      His faithful dog shall bear him company. Pope.

      16. To bring forth or produce; to yield; as, “to bear apples; to bear children; to bear interest”.

      Here dwelt the man divine whom Samos bore. Dryden.

      ☞ In the passive form of this verb, the best modern usage restricts the past participle born to the sense of brought forth, while borne is used in the other senses of the word. In the active form, borne alone is used as the past participle.

      To bear down. To force into a lower place; to carry down; to depress or sink. “His nose, . . . large as were the others, bore them down into insignificance.” Marryat. To overthrow or crush by force; as, “to bear down an enemy”. -- To bear a hand. To help; to give assistance. ( Naut. ) To make haste; to be quick. -- To bear in hand, to keep ( one ) up in expectation, usually by promises never to be realized; to amuse by false pretenses; to delude. [Obs.] “How you were borne in hand, how crossed.” Shak. -- To bear in mind, to remember. -- To bear off. To restrain; to keep from approach. ( Naut. ) To remove to a distance; to keep clear from rubbing against anything; as, “to bear off a blow; to bear off a boat”. To gain; to carry off, as a prize. ( Backgammon ) To remove from the backgammon board into the home when the position of the piece and the dice provide the proper opportunity; -- the goal of the game is to bear off all of one's men before the opponent. -- To bear one hard, to
      owe one a grudge. [Obs.] “Cæsar doth bear me hard.” Shak. -- To bear out. To maintain and support to the end; to defend to the last. “Company only can bear a man out in an ill thing.” South. To corroborate; to confirm. -- To bear up, to support; to keep from falling or sinking. “Religious hope bears up the mind under sufferings.” Addison.

      Syn. -- To uphold; sustain; maintain; support; undergo; suffer; endure; tolerate; carry; convey; transport; waft.

    2. Born ( bôrn ), p. p. & a. [See Bear, v. t.]
      1. Brought forth, as an animal; brought into life; introduced by birth.

      No one could be born into slavery in Mexico. Prescott.

      2. Having from birth a certain character; by or from birth; by nature; innate; as, “a born liar”. “A born matchmaker.” W. D. Howells.

      Born again ( Theol. ), regenerated; renewed; having received spiritual life. “Except a man be born again, he can not see the kingdom of God.” John iii. 3. -- Born days, days since one was born; lifetime. [Colloq.]