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give birth to someone or something

 
1. Lit. to have a child; [for an animal] to bring forth young. She gave birth to a baby girl. The cat gave birth to a large number of adorable kittens.
2. Fig. to bring forth a new idea, an invention, a nation, etc. The company gave birth to a new technology. The basic idea of participatory democracy gave birth to a new nation.
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give birth to something

to cause or be the origin of something The popularity of the car eventually gave birth to the interstate highways.
Related vocabulary: give rise to something
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of give birth (to have a baby)
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give birth to

1. Bear a child, as in She gave birth to her first child exactly at midnight. [Early 1800s]
2. Also, give rise to. Be the cause or origin of. For example, His hobby gave birth to a very successful business, or The economic situation gave rise to widespread dissatisfaction. The first term dates from the early 1700s, the second from the late 1700s.
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give birth to

1. To bear as offspring.
2. To be the origin of: a hobby that gave birth to a successful business.
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The scenarios range from a teen fearing her parents to a married woman who doesn't want her husband to find out about an affair, but whatever the circumstances, the fear motivates them to conceal the pregnancy and kill the baby when they give birth to make what they see as a problem, go away.
Hippo cows give birth to a single calf weighing between 60 and 110 pounds after a gestation period of eight months and, as birth usually takes place in the water, it's fortunate that they can swim as soon as they are born
Bears other than pandas often give birth to multiple offspring, and several scientists including Lindburg speculate that there hasn't been much evolutionary pressure for pandas, with their tiny fetuses, to counter the tendency.
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Although Keegan, far right, was born via Caesarean section, Karen was able to give birth to Kendal vaginally 18 months later.
A spokesman for Guinness said: "To give birth to two sets of twins is unusual but to do it in such a short time is amazing.