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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Known as a soul and R&B hotbed, North Alabama area has produced great rock tracks and ballads too. Matt Wake |,, "Shoals songwriting icon talks Aretha, royalty checks," 8 July 2019 Feeding sites bring many different kinds of animals into the same small area, which can turn into a hotbed for disease transmission and parasites, says Jeannine Fleegle, a wildlife biologist for the Pennsylvania State Game Commission. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Why you shouldn't feed wild animals (except maybe birds)," 5 July 2019 Valley View, located in Valley Center, is in the core of the North County casino hotbed, with Harrah’s SoCal, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Casino Pauma and Temecula’s Pechanga all nearby. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Valley View casino completes $50 million expansion, renovation," 3 July 2019 Despite growing up in the outskirts of San Francisco, a hotbed for liberals, Pringle was at one point a registered Republican. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Everything to Know About John Hickenlooper's Wife Robin Pringle," 28 June 2019 Anti-corruption activists allege that the three jurisdictions dotted around Britain’s coastline, known as the Crown Dependencies, are hotbeds for financial crime and tax evasion. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "A British tax haven is returning a Nigerian dictator’s $270 million to his country," 25 June 2019 The Malabar House’s reputation as Fort Kochi’s leading art hotel dovetails with the enclave’s emergence as one of India’s artistic hotbeds, thanks in part to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, now South Asia’s largest art show. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, "Why You Should Visit Southern India on Your Next Vacation," 22 June 2019 The attacks have led officials to step up their efforts to board up and eventually renovate or demolish the city's 2,000 remaining vacant homes, which police say can be hotbeds of criminal activity. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "2 surviving victims fought off suspected Detroit serial killer, police say," 10 June 2019 Her parents, Olga and Konstantin, had moved to the US from Moscow in 1998 with their oldest daughter, Maria. Coached by her father, the family moved to Florida, a tennis hotbed, when Anisimova was three. Jill Martin, CNN, "Who is Amanda Anisimova, the 17-year-old who stunned French Open champion Simona Halep?," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of hotbed

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hotbed was in 1626

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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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