- 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).
Origin of breed
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- to bear (offspring)
- (tr) 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; generateto 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 racea breed of Europeans
- a kind, sort, or groupa special breed of hatred
Word Origin and History for breedable
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.
- To produce or reproduce by giving birth or hatching.
- To raise animals or plants, often to produce new or improved types.
- 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.