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[breed] /brid/
verb (used with object), bred, breeding.
to produce (offspring); procreate; engender.
to produce by mating; propagate sexually; reproduce:
Ten mice were bred in the laboratory.
  1. to cause to reproduce by controlled pollination.
  2. 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.
verb (used without object), bred, breeding.
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).
before 1000; Middle English breden, Old English brēdan to nourish (cognate with Old High German bruotan, German brüten); noun use from 16th century
Related forms
breedable, adjective
overbreed, verb (used with object), overbred, overbreeding.
rebreed, verb, rebred, rebreeding.
subbreed, noun
1, 2. beget, bear, generate. 5. promote, occasion, foster, produce, induce, develop. 14. family, pedigree, line. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for breeds
  • Huskies and malamutes are different breeds, of the same species.
  • We designed games by starting with a geopolitical situation and crafting an environment that breeds heroes.
  • The same goes for the caricature of technology as a civic virus that breeds disaffection from politics.
  • The book will be killed not directly by new technology but by the monkey mind it breeds.
  • And part is the idea that fecundity breeds familiarity-a genuine point of connection with voters.
  • Their methodology: asking non-dog-owners to match photos of people with one of three dog breeds.
  • Both breeds have eyes that easily pop out of the socket to rest on the cheek.
  • Herding breeds are intelligent and lively, making great family pets.
  • They're search-and-rescue dogs-working canines from a wide mix of breeds.
  • Today humans have bred hundreds of different domestic dog breeds-some of which could never survive in the wild.
British Dictionary definitions for breeds


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
Word Origin
Old English brēdan, of Germanic origin; related to brood
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Word Origin and History for breeds



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.


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

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breeds in Science
  1. To produce or reproduce by giving birth or hatching.

  2. To raise animals or plants, often to produce new or improved types.

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.
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