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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.  
no cont  
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.  
ADJ n  
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  
    first born  
    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  
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a senior person who is an Internet user
a person born on February 29
syn.: leaper
sauve ton coeur
No idea what this means MJB
it's said for determining someone to calm down, be patient, control his/her reactions
use your common sense or resourcefulness
to support your family
calm down!
expression used for catching the attention of an audience
absolutely not; not in this lifetime
Slang expression used mostly in 19th century
not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy
to be lost
he went missing my dog went missing for three days
behave in a manner that is commonly considered as specific to women
[Fam.] it is used most frequently when referring to men who show lack of courage or an excessive shyness or sensitivity. E.g Don't be a pussy; You're such a pussy
Slang expression meaning one being annoying.
"You`re a prick when you ask those questions."
be stupid
expression used when someone becomes irritating
be a man
be kept waiting
be exactly right
[Fam.] Ex.: Her guess was right on the money.
be tone-deaf
comes from a pun related to Van Gogh (a painter) cutting off his left ear and the expression "have an ear for music" = be particularly good at learning music
able to be seen
[US] Ex.: the car in front of us was visible because we had the lights on
to be unable to think for oneself
used in a condescending way
be in a good shape
if you can't be arsed to do something, you can't be bothered to do it (you are too lazy to do it)
colloquial, British, very common
be consumed by an emotion; experience an intense feeling
be beside oneself with joy/ grief/ anger etc.
to be left in a state of confusion or uncertainty
expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)
E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."
your best clothes that you wear on special occasions
expression used to encourage someone to share with you what's on his mind
disappear ; be absent; leave (temporary or for good)
E.g. "Now, that the parents are out of the picture, we can throw a party". (meaning=Now, that the parents left, that they are no longer here) "James is out of the picture, him and Mary split up"


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