hot·​bed | \ ˈhät-ˌbed How to pronounce hotbed (audio) \

Definition of hotbed

1 : a bed of soil enclosed in glass, heated especially by fermenting manure, and used for forcing or for raising seedlings
2 : an environment that favors rapid growth or development a hotbed of activity

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Examples of hotbed in a Sentence

a hotbed of political unrest prerevolutionary Boston was viewed as a hotbed of treason by the British

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Prisons are notorious for being hotbeds of recruitment and Islamic extremism. Fox News, "Confessions of a former jihadist recruiter who now deradicalizes potential terrorists," 3 May 2018 The first is that America remains a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity. The Economist, "Some American startups are borrowing ideas from China," 19 Apr. 2018 Another technology hotbed that has seen home prices climb 10% the past year. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Quick, make an offer!: 5 cities where homes sold fastest, and the 5 slowest," 7 June 2018 North Bend isn't a traditional college football hotbed, but Jacob Ferenczi may cause coaches to swing by this summer and fall., "Oregon State recruiting: Beavers hosting collection of key recruits," 20 Apr. 2018 The National Weather Service has received 13 reports of tornadoes in Wyoming so far this year compared to 10 in Oklahoma, typically a twister hotbed. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Tornado of the year: ‘Incredibly picturesque’ twister wows Wyoming storm watchers," 7 June 2018 Urban adventurers will enjoy exploring Brisbane’s burgeoning cultural scene; in recent years the coastal capital has become a hotbed for contemporary arts, architecture, indie music, and fashion. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Here’s Where to Travel in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 Philadelphia is one of the leading hotbeds for urban farming and gardening. Kimberly Garrison,, "How to get a great workout in the garden," 6 June 2018 On Fox News: Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder previews President Trump's visit to the MS-13 hotbed. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Mueller team not interested in alleged Trump informants, aide says; Trump-Kim summit in doubt," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of hotbed

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hotbed

: a place where something grows or develops easily : a place where something happens very commonly

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