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
Recent Examples on the Web The Central Valley, long a conservative bastion, was a hotbed of anti-Newsom sentiment when activists set out to qualify the recall. Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2021 The incident happened on U.S. Route 59 near Laredo, a town in southern Texas near the border of Mexico and known for being a hotbed of human smuggling activity. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 20 July 2021 Port Arthur was a musical hotbed, so Joplin and her gang of burgeoning beatnik cohorts didn't have to go far for a live music fix. Jordan Runtagh,, 16 Aug. 2021 But Texas A&M is nearly 20 miles closer to Dallas than Oklahoma and Texas, and way closer to another recruiting hotbed in Houston. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, 12 Aug. 2021 The State Department has been a particular hotbed of discontent, especially in recent months, as Vienna has become the latest center of reports of symptoms. New York Times, 8 Aug. 2021 From 2004 to 2009, Seweri had worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Army in Helmand province, a hotbed of the Taliban and opium production. Rebecca Lurye,, 6 Aug. 2021 Over the last year, the Fairfax school system has become a notorious hotbed for many of the progressive developments taking root in public K-12 education across the country. Nr Staff, National Review, 5 Aug. 2021 Despite hailing from a hotbed of political opposition, Benja’s family members were royalists. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of hotbed

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Sep 2021

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“Hotbed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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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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