1 v-passive When a baby is born, it comes out of its mother's body at the beginning of its life. In formal English, if you say that someone is bornof someone or to someone, you mean that person is their parent.
My mother was 40 when I was born... be V-ed
He was born of German parents and lived most of his life abroad... be V-ed of/to n
Willie Smith was the second son born to Jean and Stephen. V-ed of/to n
2 v-passive If someone is bornwith a particular disease, problem, or characteristic, they have it from the time they are born.
He was born with only one lung... be V-ed with n
Some people are born brainy... be V-ed adj
I think he was born to be editor of a tabloid newspaper... be V-ed to-inf
We are all born leaders; we just need the right circumstances in which to flourish. be V-ed n
3 v-passive You can use be born in front of a particular name to show that a person was given this name at birth, although they may be better known by another name.
FORMAL no cont
She was born Jenny Harvey on June 11, 1946. be V-ed n
4 adj You use born to describe someone who has a natural ability to do a particular activity or job. For example, if you are a born cook, you have a natural ability to cook well.
Jack was a born teacher.
5 v-passive When an idea or organization is born, it comes into existence. If something is bornof a particular emotion or activity, it exists as a result of that emotion or activity.
FORMAL Congress passed the National Security Act, and the CIA was born... be V-ed
Energy conservation as a philosophy was born out of the 1973 oil crisis. be V-ed out of/of n
to be born and bred →
to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth →
-born combines with adjectives that relate to countries or with the names of towns and areas to form adjectives that indicate where someone was born. (JOURNALISM) comb in adj usu ADJ n
The German-born photographer was admired by writers such as Oscar Wilde...
1 adj A born-again Christian is a person who has become an evangelical Christian as a result of a religious experience.
2 adj You can use born-again to describe someone who has adopted a new set of beliefs or a new way of life and is very enthusiastic about it.
As a `born-again' cyclist I had decided that this season I would ride in a few races.
first born , first-born
Someone's first born is their first child. n-sing oft N n
She was my first-born...
Someone who is well-born belongs to an upper-class family. adj