seedbed

noun seed·bed \ ˈsēd-ˌbed \

Definition of seedbed

1 : soil or a bed of soil prepared for planting seed
2 : a place or source of growth or development

Examples of seedbed in a Sentence

  1. a social and political environment that would later become a seedbed of the abolition movement

  2. that think tank has served as a seedbed for American conservatism since the Cold War era

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First Known Use of seedbed

1660

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SEEDBED Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of seedbed for English Language Learners

  • : an area of soil prepared for planting seeds



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