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breed

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verb \ˈbrēd\

Definition of breed

bred

play \ˈbred\;

breeding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to produce (offspring) by hatching or gestation <yet every mother breeds not sons alike — Shakespeare>

  3. 2a :  beget 1 <He bred a daughter.>b :  produce, engender <despair often breeds violence>

  4. 3 biology :  to propagate (plants or animals) sexually and usually under controlled conditions <bred several strains of corn together to produce a superior variety>

  5. 4a :  bring up, nurture <We were born and bred in the country.>b :  to inculcate by training <breed good manners into one's children>

  6. 5a :  4mate 3 <the business of breeding cattle> <a horse that is bred to a donkey>b :  to mate with :  inseminatec :  impregnate 2 <delivered her kittens 63 days after being bred>

  7. 6 physics :  to produce (a fissionable element) by bombarding a nonfissionable element with neutrons from a radioactive element

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1a :  to produce offspring by sexual union <places where mosquitoes breed>b :  copulate, mate

  10. 2 :  to propagate animals or plants

Examples of breed in a sentence

  1. He got into the business of breeding cattle.

  2. The plants are bred to resist disease and drought.

  3. She believes that we are breeding a generation of children who know nothing about the history of their country.

Origin and Etymology of breed

Middle English breden, from Old English brēdan; akin to Old English brōd brood


First Known Use: before 12th century


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breed

noun

Definition of breed

  1. 1 biology :  a group of usually domesticated animals or plants presumably related by descent from common ancestors and visibly similar in most characters <exotic breeds of cats> <retrievers and other popular dog breeds>

  2. 2 :  a number of persons of the same stock (see 1stock 5b(1))

  3. 3 :  class, kind <a new breed of athlete> <such people are a dying breed>

Examples of breed in a sentence

  1. The collie is a working breed.

  2. a new breed of athlete

Origin and Etymology of breed

see 1breed


First Known Use: 1553

Other Genetics Terms



BREED Defined for English Language Learners

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breed

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verb \ˈbrēd\

Definition of breed for English Language Learners

  • : to keep and take care of animals or plants in order to produce more animals or plants of a particular kind

  • : to produce young animals, birds, etc. : to produce offspring by sexual reproduction

  • : to take care of and teach (a child who is growing up)


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breed

noun

Definition of breed for English Language Learners

  • : a particular kind of dog, cat, horse, etc. : a kind of animal that has been produced by breeding

  • : a kind of person


BREED Defined for Kids

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breed

play
verb \ˈbrēd\

Definition of breed for Students

bred

\ˈbred\

breeding

  1. 1 :  to produce or increase (animals or plants) by sexual reproduction <Ranchers breed cattle for market.>

  2. 2 :  to produce offspring by sexual reproduction <Mosquitoes breed in damp areas.>

  3. 3 :  to bring up :  train <I was born and bred in this town.>

  4. 4 :  to bring about :  cause <Poverty breeds despair.>

breeder

noun

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breed

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noun

Definition of breed for Students

  1. 1 :  a kind of animal or plant that is found only under human care and is different from related kinds <a breed of long-haired dogs>

  2. 2 :  1class 6, kind <I don't like his breed of humor.>


Medical Dictionary

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breed

play
verb \ˈbrēd\

Medical Definition of breed

bred

\ˈbred\play ;

breeding

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to produce (offspring) by hatching or gestation

  4. 2:  to propagate (plants or animals) sexually and usually under controlled conditions

  5. 3a:  mateb:  to mate with :  inseminatec:  impregnate 1

  6. 1

  7. intransitive verb

  8. a:  to produce offspring by sexual unionb:  copulate, mate

  9. 2:  to propagate animals or plants


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breed

noun

Medical Definition of breed

  1. :  a group of animals or plants presumably related by descent from common ancestors and visibly similar in most characters; especially :  such a group differentiated from the wild type under domestication



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