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midwife

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English

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /'mɪd.waɪf/

Noun

Singular
midwife

Plural
midwives

midwife (midwives)
  1. 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.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Someone who assists in bringing about some result or project.

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to midwife

Third person singular
midwives or, rarely midwifes

Simple past
midwived or, rarely midwifed

Past participle
-

Present participle
midwiving or, rarely midwifing

to midwife (third-person singular simple present midwives or, rarely midwifes, present participle midwiving or, rarely midwifing, simple past and past participle midwived or, rarely midwifed)
  1. (transitive) To act as a midwife.

Usage notes

While elementary students are taught "replace 'f' with 'v'," the mistake resulting in "widwifed" is made often enough in informal/colloquial language to indicate the rule is not consistently followed.

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