breeding ground

noun
Updated on: 2 Feb 2018

Definition of breeding ground

1 : the place to which animals go to breed
2 : a place or set of circumstances suitable for or favorable to growth and development
  • hurricane breeding grounds

Examples of breeding ground in a Sentence

  1. a breeding ground for seals

  2. The Gulf of Mexico is a breeding ground for hurricanes.

  3. The company's casual atmosphere serves as a breeding ground for innovation.

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First Known Use of breeding ground

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BREEDING GROUND Defined for English Language Learners

breeding ground

noun

Definition of breeding ground for English Language Learners

  • : a place where animals go to breed

  • : a place or situation that helps or allows something to grow, develop, etc.



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