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[breed] /brid/

verb (used with object), bred, breeding.
1.
to produce (offspring); procreate; engender.
2.
to produce by mating; propagate sexually; reproduce:
Ten mice were bred in the laboratory.
3.
Horticulture.

4.
to raise (cattle, sheep, etc.):
He breeds longhorns on the ranch.
5.
to cause or be the source of; engender; give rise to:
Dirt breeds disease. Stagnant water breeds mosquitoes.
6.
to develop by training or education; bring up; rear:
He was born and bred a gentleman.
7.
Energy. to produce more fissile nuclear fuel than is consumed in a reactor.
8.
to impregnate; mate:
Breed a strong mare with a fast stallion and hope for a Derby winner.
verb (used without object), bred, breeding.
9.
to produce offspring:
Many animals breed in the spring.
10.
to be engendered or produced; grow; develop:
Bacteria will not breed in alcohol.
11.
to cause the birth of young, as in raising stock.
12.
to be pregnant.
noun
13.
Genetics. a relatively homogenous group of animals within a species, developed and maintained by humans.
14.
lineage; stock; strain:
She comes from a fine breed of people.
15.
sort; kind; group:
Scholars are a quiet breed.
16.
Disparaging and Offensive. (def 1).
/briːd/
verb breeds, breeding, bred
1.
to bear (offspring)
2.
(transitive) to bring up; raise
3.
to produce or cause to produce by mating; propagate
4.
to produce and maintain new or improved strains of (domestic animals and plants)
5.
to produce or be produced; generate: to breed trouble, violence breeds in densely populated areas
noun
6.
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
7.
a lineage or race: a breed of Europeans
8.
a kind, sort, or group: a special breed of hatred
v.

Old English bredan “bring young to birth, carry,” also “cherish, keep warm,” from West Germanic *brodjan (cf. Old High German bruoten, German brüten “to brood, hatch”), from *brod- “fetus, hatchling,” from PIE *bhreue- “burn, heat” (see brood (n.)). Original notion of the word was incubation, warming to hatch. Sense of “grow up, be reared” (in a clan, etc.) is late 14c. Related: Bred; breeding.
n.

“race, lineage, stock” (originally of animals), 1550s, from breed (v.). Of persons, from 1590s. Meaning “kind, species” is from 1580s.
breed
(brēd)
Verb

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

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