verb (used with object), bred, breed·ing.
- to cause to reproduce by controlled pollination.
- to improve by controlled pollination and selection.
verb (used without object), bred, breed·ing.
Origin of breed
Synonyms for breed
Examples from the Web for bred
Contemporary Examples of bred
Secondly, what's with choosing Swift, a 24-year-old born in Pennsylvania and bred in Nashville, to represent NYC?New York Is Taylor Swift’s New Boyfriend
October 28, 2014
Darci Brown, owner of a car dealership in Greenfield, Mass., has bred dogs as a hobby for 30 years.The Sleazy War on the Humane Society
Center for Public Integrity
August 18, 2014
These exotic animals are kept in small cages and bred over and over again.
Even when bred in captivity, Leahy said breeding facilities are often horrendous, resembling factory farming.
The modern world has strayed somewhat from fostering the same sense of adventure that bred his youthful imagination.Discovering Underground Labyrinths, Remote Cities, and More of the World’s Lost Places
July 8, 2014
Historical Examples of bred
Mr. Malbone would hardly imagine you had been bred in a Christian land.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
It is the result of apprehension and misapprehension, and bred of race-fear.The Conquest of Fear
"So I've a right to do, being born and bred to the bar," says Sir Condy.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
All the wicked fellows whom I remember at the university were bred at them.
There was a neighbour of mine, a farmer, who had two sons whom he bred up to the business.
Word Origin for bred
verb breeds, breeding or bred
Word Origin for breed
past tense and past participle of breed (v.).
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.
see born and bred. Also see under breed.
see familiarity breeds contempt.