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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The prohibitions are due to the finding of chronic wasting disease at Wild Rivers Whitetails, a deer breeding farm in Goodman. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Baiting and feeding bans initiated due to CWD-positive deer farm in Marinette County," 6 July 2018 Mike Thomas’s job required him to spend most of his days teaching members of the club, set amid rolling hills and thoroughbred breeding farms outside Louisville. Brian Costa, WSJ, "The Secret to Raising a Golf Prodigy Isn’t What You Think It Is," 27 Apr. 2018 Michal Krzysiak, head of the Bialowieza National Park, says Monday that the bison — aged between 1 and 4 years old — have been put on trucks and were on their way to two breeding farms north of Madrid. Fox News, "7 Polish female bison heading to Spain to help herd grow," 16 Apr. 2018 An exterminator can inspect areas such as gutters, which can collect water and become a prime breeding spot. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "How to Keep Mosquitoes Away," 25 May 2017 Jordan, founding president of Stanford University, was a progressive reformer who thought society could be improved through sterilization and selective breeding. Jason Willick, WSJ, "A Case of Mistaken Identity Politics in the Heart of Silicon Valley," 29 Dec. 2018 Ask how the camp acquires its elephants and what its policy is on breeding. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Is It Ever Okay to Ride Elephants While on Vacation? It’s Complicated...," 18 Oct. 2018 This gene can now be used to select strains with solid stems in future wheat breeding programs. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "The nightmarishly complex wheat genome finally yields to scientists," 16 Aug. 2018 Back at the breeding facility, Pérez-Fleitas leads the way past rows of pens where 4,000 or so animals are organized by size and age. Shanna Baker, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro’s Crocodiles," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of breeding

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


breed·​ing | \ ˈbrē-diŋ\

Kids Definition of breeding

: training especially in manners

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