Meaning of “spawn” in the English Dictionary

"spawn" in English

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uk /spɔːn/ us /spɑːn/


uk /spɔːn/ us /spɑːn/

(Definition of “spawn” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spawn" in American English

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spawnnoun [ U ]

us /spɔn/

the eggs of fish

spawnverb [ I/T ]

us /spɔn/

(esp. of fish) to lay eggs:

[ I ] Salmon swim up rivers and streams to spawn.
[ T ] fig. Generous loans have spawned hundreds of small businesses (= caused them to be started).

(Definition of “spawn” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"spawn" in Business English

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spawnverb [ T ]

uk /spɔːn/ us

to cause something new, or many new things, to grow or start suddenly:

Deregulation has also spawned three mobile-phone operators and five internet providers.
The new economic freedom has spawned hundreds of new small businesses.

(Definition of “spawn” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)