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"born" in British English

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bornverb

uk   /bɔːn/  us   /bɔːrn/
be born

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A2 to come out of a mother's ​body, and ​start to ​exist: She was born in 1950. We ​saw a ​lamb being born. Diana was born into an ​aristocraticfamily. Ann was born and ​brought up in Delaware.
having ​startedlife in a ​particular way: The ​toll of ​babies born withAIDS is ​rising. Stevie Wonder was born ​blind.C2 formal or literary If an ​idea is born, it ​starts to ​exist.born of sth formal existing as the ​result of something: With a ​courage born of ​necessity, she ​seized the ​gun and ​ran at him.

bornadjective

uk   /bɔːn/  us   /bɔːrn/

-bornsuffix

uk   /-bɔːn/  us   /-bɔːrn/
born in the way, ​place, or ​ordermentioned: newborn Ben Okri is a Nigerian-born ​poet and ​novelist. the first-born ​son
(Definition of born from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"born" in American English

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born

 us   /bɔrn/
  • born (BEGAN TO EXIST)

past participle ofbear; having come into ​existence by ​birth: He was born in 1950.

bornadjective [not gradable]

 us   /bɔrn/
having a ​naturalability or ​tendency: It was ​obvious that Rachel was a born ​leader. [+ to infinitive] Stephen was born to ​ridemotorcycles.
(Definition of born from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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