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born

2 verb
     
born2 S1 W2
1

be born

MB when a person or animal is born, they come out of their mother's body or out of an egg:
Forty lambs were born this spring.
be born in
Swift was born in 1667.
be born at
Then, most babies were born at home.
be born on
I was born on December 15th, 1973.
be born into/to/of something (=be born in a particular situation, type of family etc)
One-third of all children are born into single-parent families.
be born with something (=have a particular disease, type of character etc since birth)
Jenny was born with a small hole in her heart.
I was born and raised (=born and grew up) in Alabama.
be born blind/deaf etc (=be blind, deaf etc when born)
the queen's firstborn son
be born lucky/unlucky etc (=always be lucky, unlucky etc)
Australian/French etc born (=born in or as a citizen of Australia etc)
! Do not say 'I born', 'I have been born', or 'I am born'. Say I was born: He was born in Pakistan.
2

start existing

be born

something that is born starts to exist:
the country where the sport of cricket was born
be born (out) of (=existing as a result of a particular situation)
The alliance was born of necessity in 1941.
Bill spoke with a cynicism born of bitter experience.
3

born and bred

SAN born and having grown up in a particular place and having the typical qualities of someone from that place:
I was born and bred in Liverpool.
4

be born to do/be something

to be very suitable for a particular job, activity etc:
He was born to be a politician.
5

I wasn't born yesterday

spoken used to tell someone you think is lying to you that you are not stupid enough to believe them
6

there's one born every minute

spoken used to say that someone has been very stupid or easily deceived
7

be born under a lucky/unlucky star

ROA to always have good or bad luck in your life

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