Breed definition

brēd
To produce (offspring); give birth to or hatch.
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A kind; a sort.

A new breed of politician; a new breed of computer.

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To bring about; engender.
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To bring forth (offspring) from the womb or hatch (young) from the egg.
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To cause to reproduce; raise, esp. by controlled mating.

To breed dogs.

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To be the source of; produce.

Ignorance breeds prejudice.

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To inseminate or impregnate; mate with.
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To propagate or grow plants trying to give them certain qualities.

He tries to breed blue roses.

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To rear or train; bring up.

A writer who was bred in a seafaring culture.

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To be the place of origin of.

Austria breeds great skiers.

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A kind; sort; type.

Men of the same breed.

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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.

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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.

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To produce offspring.
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To copulate; mate.
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To originate and develop.

Mischief breeds in bored minds.

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To produce (fissile material) in a breeder reactor.
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To produce (plants) by selective pollination.
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To mate with.
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To develop (a stock or certain characteristics in it) by such mating or pollination.
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To cause to reproduce, especially by controlled mating and selection.

Breed cattle.

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To develop new or improved strains in organisms, chiefly through controlled mating and selection of offspring for desirable traits.
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To inseminate or impregnate; mate with.
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To produce offspring sexually; to bear young.
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To give birth to; to be the native place of.

A pond breeds fish; a northern country breeds stout men.

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Of animals, to mate.
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To keep animals and have them reproduce in a way that improves the next generation’s qualities.
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To arrange the mating of specific animals.

She wanted to breed her cow to the neighbor's registered bull.

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To take care of in infancy and through childhood; to bring up.
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To yield or result in.

Disaster breeds famine; familiarity breeds contempt.

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To educate; to instruct; to form by education; to train; sometimes followed by up.
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To produce or obtain by any natural process.
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All animals or plants of the same species or subspecies.

A breed of tulip.

A breed of animal.

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(informal) A group of people with shared characteristics.

People who were taught classical Greek and Latin at school are a dying breed.

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(offensive) A person of mixed racial descent; a half-breed.
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To bring up, train, or educate.

He was bred to be a gentleman.

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To be produced; originate.

Crime breeds in slums.

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To bring forth offspring; reproduce.
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To produce offspring; give birth to or hatch.
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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.
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To produce or reproduce by giving birth or hatching.
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To raise animals or plants, often to produce new or improved types.
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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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To cause to reproduce, especially by controlled mating and selection.

Breed cattle.

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To develop new or improved strains in (organisms), chiefly through controlled mating and selection of offspring for desirable traits.
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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.
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A group, or stock, of animals or plants descended from common ancestors and having similar characteristics, esp. such a group cultivated by humans.
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To produce (fissionable material) in a breeder reactor.
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(regional) breed a scab
  • To stir up trouble for oneself.
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(new england) breed up a storm
  • To become cloudy.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
breed
Plural:
breeds

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

breed a scab
breed up a storm

Origin of breed

  • Middle English breden from Old English brēdan bhreu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English bredan, related to English brood, cognate with German brüten.

    From Wiktionary