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

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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 Few and the Bulldogs are coming off a trip to the national championship game, falling to the Baylor Bears, as the No. 1 seed in the tournament. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 9 Oct. 2021 The Mercury started slow, going scoreless in the game’s first three minutes as Las Vegas — the No. 2 seed in the playoffs — jumped out to a 6-0 lead. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 19 Sep. 2021 Tennant, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, previously won the U.S. oregonlive, 16 Sep. 2021 Was Taylor, who helped build a Fuel team that has the No. 1 seed in the West and a playoff matchup against the Washington Justice at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, worried about his job? Sean Collins, Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2021 De Groote, 24, is currently the No. 1 seed in women's singles wheelchair and is 24-1 record this year, per the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Naledi Ushe, PEOPLE.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Middletown went just 6-4 in 2019 after going 9-1 in 2018 and securing the second seed in the Class L tournament. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, 9 Sep. 2021 According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Bulls are expected to land the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Morten Jensen, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Justin Fields, by the way, takes over under center for Chicago by Week 4, and the Bears actually make the postesason as the No. 7 seed in the new format before giving the 49ers a run for their money in the opening round. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The strength-of-schedule component of the power ratings will be half of the data used to select and seed tournaments going forward. BostonGlobe.com, 24 June 2021 The fighting could cripple the enclave’s overstretched health-care system, aid agencies warn, helping seed new coronavirus outbreaks amid the chaos of war. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 Other experts warn that mass crowds are likely to seed new outbreaks of the disease, especially as the weather cools and people spend more time indoors. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 At first, Microsoft will seed the upgrade to eligible devices. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 31 Aug. 2021 But, more heat is predicted for Tuesday, with temperatures the low 90s, and humidity will likely seed the skies for afternoon thunderstorms. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 23 Aug. 2021 Profits would seed payments to funds for far-flung plaintiffs that would mainly support drug treatment and prevention programs. New York Times, 8 July 2021 Facing premier nonleague competition becomes more important because the MIAA has adopted a power ratings system that will be used to seed eight divisional brackets with 16 teams each (minimum seven games played and three wins). BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 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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The first known use of seed was before the 12th century

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“Seed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seed. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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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