From the Jobs' speech in Stanford, there is a sentence:

Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl.

You can see there is a phrase pop out and I understand it as "born". But I can't find such explanations in the dictionary.

So does it have the meaning of born, or just can be inferred from the context? When can I use it to express born and shall I use it?

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In the context of a life form that emerges into the world by being born or hatched, yes, "pop out" is a colloquial equivalent.

However, inert objects can "pop out" as well such as a cork "pops out" of a bottle.

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