to produce (offspring); procreate; engender.
to produce by mating; propagate sexually; reproduce:
Ten mice were bred in the laboratory.
to cause to reproduce by controlled pollination.
to improve by controlled pollination and selection.
to raise (cattle, sheep, etc.):
He breeds longhorns on the ranch.
to cause or be the source of; engender; give rise to:
Dirt breeds disease. Stagnant water breeds mosquitoes.
to develop by training or education; bring up; rear:
He was born and bred a gentleman.
Energy. to produce more fissile nuclear fuel than is consumed in a reactor.
to impregnate; mate:
Breed a strong mare with a fast stallion and hope for a Derby winner.
to produce offspring:
Many animals breed in the spring.
to be engendered or produced; grow; develop:
Bacteria will not breed in alcohol.
to cause the birth of young, as in raising stock.
to be pregnant.
Genetics. a relatively homogenous group of animals within a species, developed and maintained by humans.
lineage; stock; strain:
She comes from a fine breed of people.
sort; kind; group:
Scholars are a quiet breed.
Disparaging and Offensive. half-breed (def 1).
verb breeds, breeding, bred
to bear (offspring)
(transitive) to bring up; raise
to produce or cause to produce by mating; propagate
to produce and maintain new or improved strains of (domestic animals and plants)
to produce or be produced; generate: to breed trouble, violence breeds in densely populated areas
a group of organisms within a species, esp a group of domestic animals, originated and maintained by man and having a clearly defined set of characteristics
a lineage or race: a breed of Europeans
a kind, sort, or group: a special breed of hatred
Noun A group of organisms having common ancestors and sharing certain traits that are not shared with other members of the same species. Breeds are usually produced by mating selected parents.
see: familiarity breeds contempt
an animal, plant, or person that produces offspring or reproduces. a person who raises animals or plants primarily for breeding purposes. Also called breeder reactor. Energy. a nuclear reactor in which more fissile material is produced than is consumed. Contemporary Examples When Did “Married Without Children” Become Gauche? Rachel Shukert November 14, 2008 Historical Examples […]
an animal, plant, or person that produces offspring or reproduces. a person who raises animals or plants primarily for breeding purposes. Also called breeder reactor. Energy. a nuclear reactor in which more fissile material is produced than is consumed. noun a type of nuclear reactor that produces more fissionable material than it consumes Compare converter […]
the producing of offspring. the improvement or development of breeds of livestock, as by selective mating and hybridization. Horticulture. the production of new forms by selection, crossing, and hybridizing. training; nurture: He is a man of good breeding. the result of upbringing or training as shown in behavior and manners; manners, especially good manners: You […]
a place where animals breed or to which they return to breed. an environment suitable for or fostering the development of an idea, thing, etc.: a breeding ground for violence. Historical Examples Shandygaff Christopher Morley The Last Shot Frederick Palmer Hugh Arthur Christopher Benson Witching Hill E. W. Hornung Selected Works of Voltairine de Cleyre […]