seedbed

noun
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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Examples of seedbed in a Sentence

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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Despite her limited education, Ms. Nie was among the party loyalists sent to watch over the university, regarded as a seedbed of unorthodox ideas. Chris Buckley, BostonGlobe.com, "Nie Yuanzi, whose poster fanned Cultural Revolution, dies at 98," 4 Sep. 2019 The seedbed of Morrison’s genius germinated in the family stories that encircled young Chloe, her older sister and two younger brothers. Karen R. Long, cleveland.com, "Lorain’s Toni Morrison captured African-American lives in luminous fiction that won over the world: Karen R. Long," 11 Aug. 2019 Outright greed is misconduct’s most common seedbed. James M. Banner Jr., Time, "Corruption, Cover-Ups and the Shocking Presidential History to Remember as Robert Mueller Testifies," 22 July 2019 Palestinian primary and secondary schools are the region’s economic seedbed. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, "Why Jared Kushner’s Bahrain Conference Won’t Do Much for the Palestinian Economy," 19 June 2019 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 Outright greed is misconduct’s most common seedbed. James M. Banner Jr., Time, "Corruption, Cover-Ups and the Shocking Presidential History to Remember as Robert Mueller Testifies," 22 July 2019 Palestinian primary and secondary schools are the region’s economic seedbed. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, "Why Jared Kushner’s Bahrain Conference Won’t Do Much for the Palestinian Economy," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of seedbed

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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seedbed

noun

English Language Learners Definition of seedbed

: an area of soil prepared for planting seeds

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