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born

verb 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 aristocratic family. Ann was born and brought up in Delaware.
having started life in a particular way: The toll of babies born with AIDS 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.

born

adjective uk   /bɔːn/ us    /bɔːrn/
having a natural ability or liking: a born writer/athlete [+ to infinitive] I felt born to take care of animals.
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