A beagle is one breed of dog.
- The definition of a breed is a group of animals that has a specific characteristic or trait.
The beagle is an example of a dog breed.
- To breed is to cause reproduction by controlled mating to achieve a desired trait, or to cause something to happen over time.
- When you mate two dogs together in order to create a pure bred dog, this is an example of a situation where you breed dogs.
- When you foster resentment over time by constantly complaining, this is an example of a situation where you breed resentment.
transitive verbbred, breed′ing
- to bring forth (offspring) from the womb or hatch (young) from the egg
- to be the source of; produce: ignorance breeds prejudice
- to cause to reproduce; raise, esp. by controlled mating: to breed dogs
- to produce (plants) by selective pollination
- to mate with
- to develop (a stock or certain characteristics in it) by such mating or pollination
- to bring up, train, or educate: he was bred to be a gentleman
- to produce (fissile material) in a breeder reactor
Origin of breedMiddle English breden from Old English bredan from brod, fetus, hatching: see brood
- to be produced; originate: crime breeds in slums
- to bring forth offspring; reproduce
- a group, or stock, of animals or plants descended from common ancestors and having similar characteristics, esp. such a group cultivated by humans
- a kind; sort; type: men of the same breed
verbbred, breed·ing, breeds
- To produce (offspring); give birth to or hatch.
- To bring about; engender: “Admission of guilt tends to breed public sympathy” ( Jonathan Alter )
- a. To cause to reproduce, especially by controlled mating and selection: breed cattle.b. To develop new or improved strains in (organisms), chiefly through controlled mating and selection of offspring for desirable traits.c. To inseminate or impregnate; mate with.
- To rear or train; bring up: a writer who was bred in a seafaring culture.
- To be the place of origin of: Austria breeds great skiers.
- To produce (fissionable material) in a breeder reactor.
- To produce offspring.
- To copulate; mate.
- To originate and develop: Mischief breeds in bored minds.
- A group of organisms having common ancestors and certain distinguishable characteristics, especially a group within a species developed by artificial selection and maintained by controlled propagation.
- A kind; a sort: a new breed of politician; a new breed of computer.
- Offensive A person of mixed racial descent; a half-breed.
Origin of breedMiddle English breden from Old English brēdan ; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present breeds, present participle breeding, simple past and past participle bred)
- To produce offspring sexually; to bear young.
- To give birth to; to be the native place of.
- a pond breeds fish; a northern country breeds stout men
- Of animals, to mate.
- To keep animals and have them reproduce in a way that improves the next generation’s qualities.
- To arrange the mating of specific animals.
- She wanted to breed her cow to the neighbor's registered bull.
- To propagate or grow plants trying to give them certain qualities.
- He tries to breed blue roses.
- To take care of in infancy and through childhood; to bring up.
- To yield or result in.
- disaster breeds famine; familiarity breeds contempt
- To educate; to instruct; to form by education; to train; sometimes followed by up.
- To produce or obtain by any natural process.
From Old English bredan, related to English brood, cognate with German brüten.