- The definition of breeding means the producing or raising of young.
An example of breeding is mating two dogs to create puppies.
Breeding dogs produces puppies.
breeding definition by Webster's New World
- the producing of young
- the rearing of young; upbringing, education, or training, esp. in manners or social behavior
- good upbringing or training: tolerance is a sign of breeding
- the producing of plants and animals, esp. for the purpose of developing new or better types
Origin: see breed
breeding definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One's line of descent; ancestry: a person of noble breeding.
- Training in the proper forms of social and personal conduct.
- Production of offspring or young.
- The propagation of animals or plants.
Variant of breed
- 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: Middle 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