Definitions of birth

n the time when something begins (especially life)

“they divorced after the birth of the child”
“his election signaled the birth of a new age”
death, demise, dying
the time when something ends
birth of a person
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beginning, commencement, first, get-go, kickoff, offset, outset, showtime, start, starting time
the time at which something is supposed to begin

n the event of being born

“they celebrated the birth of their first child”
nascence, nascency, nativity
death, decease, expiry
the event of dying or departure from life
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the event of giving birth
live birth
the birth of a living fetus (regardless of the length of gestation)
posthumous birth
birth of a child by Caesarean section after the death of the mother
posthumous birth
birth of a child after the father has died
rebirth, reincarnation, renascence
a second or new birth
blessed event, happy event
the live birth of a child
the passing of a soul into another body after death
cycle of rebirth
(Hinduism) repeated rebirth in new forms
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alteration, change, modification
an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

n the process of giving birth

birthing, giving birth, parturition
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brooding, incubation
sitting on eggs so as to hatch them by the warmth of the body
giving birth to a calf
accouchement, childbearing, childbirth, vaginal birth
the parturition process in human beings; having a baby; the process of giving birth to a child
farrow, farrowing
the production of a litter of pigs
hatch, hatching
the production of young from an egg
egg laying, laying
the production of eggs (especially in birds)
childbed, confinement, labor, labour, lying-in, parturiency, travail
concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child
active birth
childbirth during which the mother is encouraged to be an active participant
alternative birth, alternative birthing
a method of childbirth that avoids intrusive high-tech medicine in favor of more natural and homely settings
natural childbirth
labor and childbirth without medical intervention; no drugs are given to relieve pain or aid the birth process
premature labor, premature labour
labor beginning prior to the 37th week of gestation
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biological process, organic process
a process occurring in living organisms

n a baby born; an offspring

“the overall rate of incidence of Down's syndrome is one in every 800 births
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individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

n the kinship relation of an offspring to the parents

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family relationship, kinship, relationship
(anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption

v cause to be born

bear, deliver, give birth, have
bear, carry, expect, gestate, have a bun in the oven
be pregnant with
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give birth to twins
give birth; used for animals
give birth to a foal
give birth to cubs
have kittens
give birth to a lamb
give birth to a litter of animals
pup, whelp
farrow, pig
give birth
have fawns
calve, have young
bear, carry, expect, gestate, have a bun in the oven
be pregnant with
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bring forth, produce
bring forth or yield

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