Spawn - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |spɔːn|  American pronunciation of the word spawn
Brit.  |spɔːn|  British pronunciation of the word spawn


- the mass of eggs deposited by fish or amphibians or molluscs


- call forth (syn: breed, engender)
- lay spawn


The health-food craze spawned a multimillion-dollar industry.

the incident that spawned a generation of student protests

a TV show that spawned a host of imitations

Pacific salmon return to Alaskan streams to deposit their spawn.

...sometimes I think those little brats are the spawn of Satan himself...

The general atmospheric conditions in which hurricanes are spawned are known.

New technology has spawned new business opportunities.

The salmon swims upstream to spawn

Word forms

I/you/we/they: spawn
he/she/it: spawns
present participle: spawning
past tense: spawned
past participle: spawned
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