Thesaurus

bred

verb
past tense of breed

Synonyms & Antonyms of bred

1 to bring forth offspring
  • rabbits will breed very frequently unless they're kept separated

Synonyms for bred

Words Related to bred

2 to bring to maturity through care and education
  • he was bred to a life in the military by his father, himself an army captain

Synonyms for bred

Words Related to bred

Near Antonyms for bred

4 to engage in sexual intercourse
  • cats breeding outside our window made a horrible racket last night

Synonyms for bred

Words Related to bred

Phrases Synonymous with bred

5 to set permanently in the consciousness or mind-set
  • parents who breed in their children a deep respect for people of all classes

Synonyms for bred

Words Related to bred

See the Dictionary Definition 

Learn More About bred

Thesaurus Entries Near bred

breathtaking

bred

bred-in-the-bone

See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Bred.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bred. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on bred

Nglish: Translation of bred for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of bred for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!