Definitions for midwifeˈmɪdˌwaɪf; -ˌwaɪvz
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
mid•wifeˈmɪdˌwaɪf; -ˌwaɪvz(n.; v.)(pl.)-wives; -wifed; -wived, -wif•ing; wiv•ing.
(n.)a person who assists women in childbirth.
a person or thing that assists in producing something new.
(v.t.)to assist in the birth of (a baby).
to assist in producing or bringing about (something new).
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of midwife:
1250–1300; ME midwif=mid with, accompanying (OE; cf. meta -) +wif woman (see wife )
a woman skilled in aiding the delivery of babies
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a nurse who helps women to have babies
A person, usually a woman, who is trained to assist women in childbirth, but who is not a physician.
A hundred years ago, a midwife would bring the baby into the world - going to a hospital to deliver a baby was either impossible or unheard of.
Someone who assists in bringing about some result or project.
To act as a midwife
to facilitate the emergence of
But the bigger objective was to help Iraqis midwife a democratic model that could inspire reform across the Arab-Muslim world and give the youth there a chance at a better future.
Origin: corresponding to mid + wife.
a woman who assists other women in childbirth; a female practitioner of the obstetric art
to assist in childbirth
to perform the office of midwife
Translations for midwife
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a person (usually a trained nurse) who helps at the birth of children.
- قابِلَه، مُوَلِّدَهArabic
- parteiraPortuguese (BR)
- porodní asistentkaCzech
- die HebammeGerman
- comadrona, partera, matronaSpanish
- levatrice, ostetricaItalian
- akušerė, pribuvėjaLithuanian
- vecmāte, akušiereLatvian
- położna, akuszerkaPolish
- pôrodná asistentkaSlovak
- 助產士Chinese (Trad.)
- акушерка; повитухаUkrainian
- bà đỡVietnamese
- 助产士Chinese (Simp.)
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