seed

noun
\ ˈsēd How to pronounce seed (audio) \
plural seed or seeds

Definition of seed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : the grains or ripened ovules of plants used for sowing
(2) : the fertilized ripened ovule of a flowering plant containing an embryo and capable normally of germination to produce a new plant broadly : a propagative plant structure (such as a spore or small dry fruit)
b : a propagative animal structure:
(1) : milt, semen
(2) : a small egg (as of an insect)
(3) : a developmental form of a lower animal suitable for transplanting specifically : spat
c : the condition or stage of bearing seed in seed
2 : progeny
3 : a source of development or growth : germ sowed the seeds of discord
4 : something (such as a tiny particle or a bubble in glass) that resembles a seed in shape or size
5 : a competitor who has been seeded in a tournament the top seed
go to seed or run to seed
1 : to develop seed

seed

verb
seeded; seeding; seeds

Definition of seed (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to bear or shed seed
2 : to sow seed : plant

transitive verb

1a : to plant seeds in : sow seed a lawn with grass
b : to furnish with something that causes or stimulates growth or development
c : inoculate
d : to supply with nuclei (as of crystallization or condensation) especially : to treat (a cloud) with solid particles to convert water droplets into ice crystals in an attempt to produce precipitation
e : to cover or permeate by or as if by scattering something seeded [the] sea-lanes with thousands of magnetic mines— Otto Friedrich
3 : to extract the seeds from (fruit)
4a : to schedule (tournament players or teams) so that superior ones will not meet in early rounds
b : to rank (a contestant) relative to others in a tournament on the basis of previous record the top-seeded tennis star

Other Words from seed

Noun

seed adjective
seeded \ ˈsē-​dəd How to pronounce seed (audio) \ adjective
seedless \ ˈsēd-​ləs How to pronounce seed (audio) \ adjective
seedlike \ ˈsēd-​ˌlīk How to pronounce seed (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for seed

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Do you cede or seed control?

Verb

Cede means "to yield or grant typically by treaty." Most of the verb senses of seed are concerned with planting seeds (either literal, as of plants, or figuratively, as of ideas). However, the word may also be used to mean "to schedule (tournament players or teams) so that superior ones will not meet in early rounds." If you relinquish or yield something you are ceding it, and if you are organizing the participants in a tournament you are seeding them.

Examples of seed in a Sentence

Noun a packet of sunflower seeds He planted the seeds three inches apart. She raked the grass seed into the soil. The top seed won the tournament. Our team is the number one seed. She is ranked as the third seed. Verb We seeded the field with corn. These plants will seed late in the fall. After you wash and seed the peppers you can chop them.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Later that season, Beard also coached the Red Raiders to a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, setting a program record with a third straight appearance. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021 Same goes for Saul (Eric Hissom), a profane, run-to-seed athletic also-ran, who desperately needs a win. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2021 Lee-Montgomery now moves up to the No. 2 seed followed by Carver-Montgomery at Eufaula. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 29 Oct. 2021 But there are expectations that follow a surprising run to the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Stefan Bondy, courant.com, 17 Oct. 2021 The Clippers face a tough road to a top-four seed in the deep West. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, 17 Oct. 2021 Feel the satiny fluff of butterfly weed gone to seed and the silky tufts of shoulder-high bushy bluestem. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Likewise, in comparison to playoff contenders in the AFC North — where the Ravens, Browns and Bengals are each 3-1 — the Bills have a more favorable road to the No. 1 seed. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2021 Frances Tiafoe of Maryland lost, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6), 6-4, on Sunday night to No. 12 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, who reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the first time with the help of 24 aces. baltimoresun.com, 6 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The writers seed the story with hints of the supernatural, but wisely keep it vague, at least in the 6 episodes made available for review. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 5 Nov. 2021 By rule, teams can seed players ticketed for their G League affiliates with guarantees up to $50,000 if they are signed to Exhibit 10 contracts during the preseason. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Men can also get infections that start from the prostate or testicles that seed up into the bladder, or the opposite can happen where the infection goes from the bladder to the other organs. Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, CNN, 15 Oct. 2021 That's why fall is the best time to seed a new lawn, fill bare patches in an existing lawn, and even sow a meadow planting. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Sep. 2021 The federal dollars to seed this work have arrived; now state and local leaders must act. Richard Besser, ABC News, 30 July 2021 Start-ups surged during the pandemic, particularly in Black communities, as stimulus checks and unemployment benefits helped seed entrepreneurs’ dreams and bolster their confidence. New York Times, 20 June 2021 Osaka, in her initial message, said sitting for press conferences means answering questions that seed doubt in her mind or breaking down in front of a captive audience after a loss. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 1 June 2021 The delta variant, first identified in India, is spreading rapidly throughout the state, straining hospitals in Springfield and raising fresh fears that the situation could soon grow worse as holiday gatherings seed fresh cases. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, 6 July 2021

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First Known Use of seed

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

History and Etymology for seed

Noun

Middle English, from Old English sǣd; akin to Old High German sāt seed, Old English sāwan to sow — more at sow

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seed

noun

English Language Learners Definition of seed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small object produced by a plant from which a new plant can grow
: the beginning of something which continues to develop or grow
: a player or team that is ranked as one of the best in a competition (such as a tennis tournament) in order to be sure that the best players or teams do not play against each other in the early part of the competition

seed

verb

English Language Learners Definition of seed (Entry 2 of 2)

: to plant (an area of ground) with seeds
: to produce seeds
: to remove (seeds) from a fruit or vegetable

seed

noun
\ ˈsēd How to pronounce seed (audio) \

Kids Definition of seed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a tiny developing plant that is enclosed in a protective coat usually along with a supply of food and that is able to develop under suitable conditions into a plant like the one that produced it
2 : a small structure (as a spore or a tiny dry fruit) other than a true seed by which a plant reproduces itself
3 : the descendants of one individual
4 : a source of development or growth : germ The comment planted a seed of doubt in my mind.

Other Words from seed

seeded \ ˈsē-​dəd \ adjective
seedless \ ˈsēd-​ləs \ adjective

seed

verb
seeded; seeding

Kids Definition of seed (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : sow entry 2 sense 2, plant Farmers seed the fields with wheat.
2 : to produce or shed seeds The plant seeds early.
3 : to take the seeds out of You have to wash and seed the peppers.

seed

noun
\ ˈsēd How to pronounce seed (audio) \
plural seed or seeds

Medical Definition of seed

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the fertilized ripened ovule of a flowering plant containing an embryo and capable normally of germination to produce a new plant broadly : a propagative plant structure (as a spore or small dry fruit)
b : a propagative animal structure:
(1) : milt, semen
(2) : a small egg (as of an insect)
(3) : a developmental form of a lower animal — see seed tick
2 : a small usually glass and gold or platinum capsule used as a container for a radioactive substance (as radium or radon) to be applied usually interstitially in the treatment of cancer implantation of radon seeds for bladder cancer

seed

intransitive verb

Medical Definition of seed (Entry 2 of 3)

: to bear or shed seed

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with something that causes or stimulates growth or development
2 : inoculate
3 : to supply with nuclei (as of crystallization or condensation)

seed

adjective

Medical Definition of seed (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : selected or used to produce a new crop or stock seed virus
2 : left or saved for breeding a seed population

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