seed·​bed | \ ˈsēd-ˌbed How to pronounce seedbed (audio) \

Definition of seedbed

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

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a social and political environment that would later become a seedbed of the abolition movement that think tank has served as a seedbed for American conservatism since the Cold War era

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Security experts see Yemen’s war as a potential seedbed for a resurgence of al Qaeda, which remains resilient globally and stronger than its rival Islamic State in countries including Yemen and Somalia. Sune Engel Rasmussen And Saleh Al-batati, WSJ, "Yemen’s War Opens Way for al Qaeda’s Revival," 22 Nov. 2018 The seedbed of Democratic politicians, built on the expansion of public expenditures and entitlements, wasn’t sprouting a crop needed to sustain ongoing programs. WSJ, "Wisconsin Barricade Shows Real Revolution," 24 Aug. 2018 Decision 2018 Andrea Mitchell's old neighborhood was an unlikely seedbed for a political revolution decades later. Andrea Mitchell /, NBC News, "The Bronx of the 1950s could not have imagined Ocasio-Cortez's political victory," 27 June 2018 Autobiography is one of the most important seedbeds for fiction, a way for the novel to illuminate new facets of reality. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Philip Roth, the Mandarin Joker," 23 May 2018 Which is, after all, the seedbed for science accomplishment. NBC News, "Sputnik Shook the Nation 60 Years Ago. That Could Happen Again," 4 Oct. 2017 The downy seedbeds are spun into yarn and woven into a special fabric for dancers. Patrice Hanlon, The Mercury News, "Making fibers and dyes from plants in your garden," 18 May 2017 Fifty year later, New Orleans had lost some ground but remained vibrant, the birthplace of jazz, a seedbed for culture and the arts, a key part of the American military efforts in the World Wars. Tim Morris,, "This is a New Orleans mayor's race we need to talk about: Opinion," 2 June 2017 As bleak as Afghanistan’s prospects were, the United States could not afford to walk away and allow the country to become a seedbed for extremists again. Mark Landler, New York Times, "The Afghan War and the Evolution of Obama," 1 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of seedbed

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of seedbed

: an area of soil prepared for planting seeds

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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