born [ bɔrn ] adjective ***
1. ) never before noun when a baby is born, it comes out of its mother's body and starts its life. The time when you are born is your birth, and a mother gives birth to a baby:
Her grandfather died before she was born.
born in: I was born in Tokyo.
born on: The twins were born on August 29, 1962.
born into: Meg was born into a large family.
born to: More children are now born to older women.
a ) used for saying where someone was born:
a German-born tennis player
b ) used for saying that someone had a particular condition, personal quality, name, or social status at the time when they were born:
He was born blind.
In extreme cases, babies can be born addicted to heroin.
George Washington Carver was born a slave.
Elton John, born Reginald Dwight
2. ) used for emphasizing that someone has a natural ability to do something well or to behave in a certain way:
Natalie was born to be a dancer.
a born salesman/leader/optimist
3. ) never before noun if a new organization, idea, etc. is born, it begins to exist:
the laboratory where nuclear physics was born
be born with a silver spoon in your mouth
to have advantages because you come from a rich family
born and bred
used for saying where someone was born and grew up:
Jane was born and bred in Seattle.
He's a Londoner, born and bred.
born of/out of something
happening as the result of something:
With a strength born of desperation, he forced open the door.
I wasn't born yesterday SPOKEN
used for telling someone that you are not stupid enough to believe what they are saying
there's one born every minute SPOKEN
used for saying that someone has been very stupid, especially because they have been tricked into doing something

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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