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

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
Recent Examples on the Web After decades of painstaking work, there are now 537 California condors, supported by a network of breeding centers and reintroduction sites from Baja California to Northern California. Rosanna Xiastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 The key is to locate and clean their breeding sites, Dellinger says. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 There are several signs that property has become a breeding site for carpenter bees. Cole Sikes Alabama Cooperative Extension System, al, 16 May 2022 What sets these types of roses apart from earlier roses is how they were created: through a precise breeding process using a wider range of exotic rose parents. Benjamin Whitacre, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 May 2022 The bulls tested positive for trichomoniasis, or Trich, a venereal disease caused by a protozoa and spread between cattle during breeding, the veterinarian’s office reported Thursday. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 May 2022 But captive breeding efforts could help to boost the population. Rebecca Cairns; Video By Hazel Pfeifer, CNN, 10 May 2022 The Gatorland crew gathered for a release into the breeding marsh recently, the fourth one of 2022. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 10 May 2022 One breeding pair of the tiny little nuthatches tried to make a stand of it in Western Kentucky near the lake region, but the two of them are gone now. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of breeding

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 May 2022

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“Breeding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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breed·​ing | \ ˈbrē-diŋ \

Kids Definition of breeding

: training especially in manners

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