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
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
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 seeded (audio) \ adjective
seedless \ ˈsēd-​ləs How to pronounce seedless (audio) \ adjective
seedlike \ ˈsēd-​ˌlīk How to pronounce seedlike (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 In fact, earlier that year, Wozniacki won her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open and was the number one seed in the world. Tiffany Ayuda, Health.com, "Caroline Wozniacki Opens Up About Having Rheumatoid Arthritis—and Her Struggle to Get Diagnosed," 10 Sep. 2020 And by virtue of the fact that on July 25, the Braves beat the Mets while the Cubs lost to the Brewers, the Braves are your No. 2 seed. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB's burning questions as the final month of the season begins," 1 Sep. 2020 The Blazers have the top payroll in the NBA, but were only a No. 8 seed and face a first-round playoff exit. John Canzano, oregonlive, "John Canzano’s 25 Most Influential People in Oregon Sports for 2020," 28 Aug. 2020 Osaka is the fourth seed in the women's singles bracket at the W&S Open. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, "Sports boycotts reach Western & Southern Open, where play is now paused," 27 Aug. 2020 In every other scenario, the Jazz would be the 6th seed. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "The Triple Team: Jazz pull off ugly but necessary tank comeback to try to avoid Rockets in playoffs," 10 Aug. 2020 Again, there is absolutely no difference between being a No. 4 or No. 5 seed. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Winderman: Yes, you can drive a tank through a bubble (feeling a draft at Disney) | Commentary," 8 Aug. 2020 Dallas is almost guaranteed to be the No. 7 seed, given the distance between Houston and Oklahoma City in fifth and sixth place. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "3 thoughts on the Mavs’ win vs. Kings: Dallas seals first NBA bubble victory behind Luka Doncic’s latest triple-double," 4 Aug. 2020 And Mariota played for a team that, at the time of the Heisman vote, was the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Everything that makes Ohio State QB Justin Fields an ideal Heisman Trophy candidate: Buckeye Take," 3 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Worsley cites Tanton's memos to show how ideas from past racists had influenced him and how Tanton helped seed the next generation of anti-immigrant zealots. Rob O'dell, The Arizona Republic, "Former Arizona lawmaker blames far left and far right for rise of anti-immigrant policies in US," 11 Sep. 2020 The networks created by those protests nurtured the infrastructure necessary to seed engagement today. Syreeta Mcfadden, The Atlantic, "Where Does Black Lives Matter Go from Here?," 3 Sep. 2020 The Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board voted in July to allocate federal CARES Act dollars to seed the fund, a controversial decision that the legislative counsel warned may be unconstitutional. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "New, $62 million fund for Black Oregonians attracts nearly 7,000 applicants in 4 days, without the stampede of last week’s $500 payouts," 28 Aug. 2020 Since elementary students don’t move between rooms as often, there also is less opportunity to seed a school-wide outbreak. Jennifer Head, The Conversation, "Reopening elementary schools carries less COVID-19 risk than high schools – but that doesn’t guarantee safety," 25 Aug. 2020 The program is meant to help seed new or young workers into small businesses in San Diego, focusing on skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as marketing and sales workers within those fields. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Need free interns? A San Diego group footing the bill for small businesses is accepting applications," 20 Aug. 2020 Even the massive protests following the killing of George Floyd, which even sympathizers feared would seed outbreaks, did not, according to several large studies. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Honestly, Just Vote In Person—It’s Safer Than You Think," 17 Aug. 2020 That includes winds around the West African monsoon helping to create the low-pressure systems that can seed a tropical storm. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Updated hurricane-season outlooks: Expect plenty more storms," 6 Aug. 2020 Berlinquette worries that search ads can seed disinformation even if people don’t click on them. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "How One Man Broke Through Google's Election Ad Defenses," 21 Aug. 2020

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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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16 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Seed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seed. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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seed

noun
How to pronounce seed (audio)

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
of a plant : 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

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
3 : to supply with nuclei (as of crystallization or condensation)

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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