breeding

noun
breed·​ing | \ ˈbrē-diŋ How to pronounce breeding (audio) \

Definition of breeding

1 : the action or process of bearing or generating
2 : ancestry
3a archaic : education she had her breeding at my father's charge— William Shakespeare
b : training in or observance of the proprieties
4 : the sexual propagation of plants or animals

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Examples of breeding in a Sentence

She became involved in the breeding of sled dogs. His politeness shows good breeding. a person who lacks breeding
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Dairy farms have increased dairy production over the last decade; farmers have both upped production on the whole, and breeding and innovations in technology mean cows are individually producing more milk. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Why Trump’s trade agenda might worsen America’s cheese glut," 4 July 2018 Along with serving as breeding and migration habitats for waterfowl, wetlands serve as nature’s filtration system, Sebastian said. Mi Clear, Detroit Free Press, "MI CLEAR brings together diverse groups to reduce algae blooms in Lake Erie," 20 June 2018 Innovations in tomato breeding and mechanical harvester technologies, driven in part by demand for the condiment, helped define modern industrial agriculture. Amy Bentley, BostonGlobe.com, "Is ketchup the perfect complement to the American diet?," 10 June 2018 Though the bright blue, green and gold bird is not endangered, the goal is to encourage breeding and survival of the species. Alex Stuckey, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas State Aquarium doubles down on wildlife rescue, rehabilitation after Harvey," 3 June 2018 The unnamed colt who is now Justify was bought by Winstar Farm, a Kentucky breeding and racing operation. Tim Layden, SI.com, "Justify Elicits Comparisons to American Pharoah in First Step of Following Same Historic Path," 5 May 2018 It’s affecting their breeding and migration patterns, which are shifting, for example, among monarch butterflies, songbirds and bats. Marlene Cimons, Washington Post, "Hot temperatures made these birds shrink," 21 Apr. 2018 Feel the speed and passion resulting from generations of careful breeding and thousands of years of fine tuning this amazing animal athlete. George Diaz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Time for Florida greyhound racing to hit dead end," 22 Mar. 2018 Mischa was born at the Columbus (Ohio) Zoo and came to the Birmingham as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium's cooperative breeding and conservation programs. Erin Edgemon, AL.com, "Meet Mischa, a Pallas' Cat, the newest addition to the Birmingham Zoo," 3 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of breeding

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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breeding

noun

English Language Learners Definition of breeding

: the process by which young animals, birds, etc., are produced by their parents
: the activity of keeping and caring for animals or plants in order to produce more animals or plants of a particular kind
somewhat old-fashioned : the way a person was taught in childhood to behave : good manners that come from being raised correctly

breeding

noun
breed·​ing | \ ˈbrē-diŋ\

Kids Definition of breeding

: training especially in manners

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