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simple past tense and past participle of breed.
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).
Contemporary Examples

My Birthday With Sonia Lucinda Franks July 24, 2009
‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Uzo Aduba on Her Journey From Track Phenom to Crazy Eyes Marlow Stern June 10, 2014
Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ Was Subversive—but Subverting What? Blake Gopnik December 14, 2011
Did Hollywood Collaborate With Hitler? A New Book Makes Bold Claims. Christopher Bray September 8, 2013
Why California Chrome’s Fairy Tale Didn’t End Happily Ever After Michael Fensom June 7, 2014

Historical Examples

The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Vol. VII Jonathan Swift
The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
“Over There” with the Australians R. Hugh Knyvett
Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
The Republic Plato

the past tense and past participle of breed
(Austral, derogatory, slang) a person who lives in a small remote place
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: born and bred also see under: breed
see: familiarity breeds contempt


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