breeding ground


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

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Synonyms for breeding ground


hotbed, hothouse, nest, nidus, nursery, seedbed, seminary

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Examples of breeding ground in a Sentence

a breeding ground for seals The Gulf of Mexico is a breeding ground for hurricanes. The company's casual atmosphere serves as a breeding ground for innovation.
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Bath toys, with their squeeze holes that collect standing water, are the perfect breeding ground for mold spores. Jenny Marder, The Seattle Times, "There’s mold in your kids’ bath toys (and that’s probably OK)," 12 Feb. 2019 Nelson said the market created the perfect breeding ground for corruption. Morgan Greene,, "Where have the boats gone from Monroe Harbor, rest of Chicago lakefront?," 5 July 2018 Despite all those hotels (typically a bed bug breeding ground), Orlando was bumped from the list entirely, and New York City fell four spots. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here’s The Bed Bug Capital Of The U.S.," 15 Jan. 2019 Then Disney — a prolific breeding ground for young talent — came calling. Gavin Harwin, Teen Vogue, "Debby Ryan on "Insatiable," Mental Health, and the Pressure of Hollywood," 18 Aug. 2018 Riverdale has emerged as a breeding ground for young Hollywood talent and no star on the CW teen drama is as fashion forward as Madelaine Petsch. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Meet the New Generation of Red Carpet Stars," 20 Dec. 2018 Apps like Instagram often get a bad rap as a breeding ground for trolls, but with a newfound following, Millicent's experience has overall been positive. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Millicent Simmonds Saved the Day in A Quiet Place — Now She's Headed to the Disney Channel," 4 Dec. 2018 Speaking to Russian news agencies Wednesday in Moscow, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov repeated Russian statements that Idlib is turning into a breeding ground for terrorists and needs to be dealt with accordingly. Zeina Karam, Fox News, "Iran summit seeks to avert a bloodbath in northwestern Syria," 6 Sep. 2018 Climate extremes, harsh land and unsanitary conditions make the camps a breeding ground for diseases and mental stress. Rishabh R. Jain, The Seattle Times, "Rohingya fearful of doctors keep faith healers in business," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of breeding ground

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of breeding ground

: a place where animals go to breed
: a place or situation that helps or allows something to grow, develop, etc.

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to boil down or concentrate

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