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give birth to (someone or something)

1. To birth a baby. Angela gave birth to a beautiful baby girl last night.
2. To bring something into existence. The technological advances gave birth to the Industrial Revolution.
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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

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 increased frequency of cleanings will help expectant mothers give birth to full-term, healthy babies by preventing or minimizing gum disease, a condition that can increase the likelihood of premature birth.
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Exposure to ozone and carbon monoxide - two air pollutants common in Southern California - may increase the chance that a pregnant woman will give birth to a child with heart defects, a study released Friday shows.
Pregnant women living in regions with higher levels of ozone and carbon monoxide were as much as three times more likely to give birth to children who suffered from serious heart defects, according to the study by the University of California, Los Angeles, to be published in Tuesday's edition of the American Journal of Epidemiology.
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.
The upstate New York zoo said in its evening update Friday that the giraffe is not ready yet to give birth to its calf despite being pregnant for over 15 months.
They wanted to give birth to another child, even as the adoption process of the boy began.
While the upstate New York zoo continued to post positive updates, could it be possible that April needs a caesarian section to give birth to her baby?
More than three years ago, the baby - whose HIV-positive mother is due to give birth to her in June - would have had about a 1-in-4 chance of contracting the virus.
The likelihood that a woman will give birth to twins increases until about age 40, she said.
Overweight women thinking of becoming pregnant should include weight loss in their preconception program, suggests a new study that found that these women are more likely to give birth to infants with birth defects than thinner mothers.