be born


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be born

When a baby is born, it comes out of its mother's body.

My mother was forty when I was born.

You often say that a person was born at a particular time or in a particular place.

Carla was born on April 10th.
Mary was born in Glasgow in 1999.

Be Careful!
Don't say that someone 'has been born' at a particular time or in a particular place.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.be born - come into existence through birthbe born - come into existence through birth; "She was born on a farm"
hatch - emerge from the eggs; "young birds, fish, and reptiles hatch"
change state, turn - undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"
fall - be born, used chiefly of lambs; "The lambs fell in the afternoon"
come into being, come to life - be born or come into existence; "All these flowers come to life when the rains come"
reincarnate, transmigrate - be born anew in another body after death; "Hindus believe that we transmigrate"
croak, decease, die, drop dead, buy the farm, cash in one's chips, give-up the ghost, kick the bucket, pass away, perish, snuff it, pop off, expire, conk, exit, choke, go, pass - pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from cancer"; "The children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully"; "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"
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I was born to be born each time to test the flesh, Buddhist, Agnostic, a Tantric fleck mixed with rain in the still ponds of the Tao Te Ching.
Remember I have three months to go before I will be born.
At times I felt so sorry to be born into a Chinese/Confucianist family.