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
Related Words for breedstrain, brand, type, variety, engender, create, reproduce, produce, propagate, induce, hatch, multiply, beget, cultivate, nourish, develop, rear, sort, lineage, line
Examples from the Web for breed
Contemporary Examples of breed
A male and female who do most of the mating dominate packs, and younger subordinates only breed occasionally.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family
December 29, 2014
Perhaps, once in awhile, scarcity will breed rational thinking, too.Explosion of Cute: Inside the Superfan Mania of Hello Kitty Con 2014
Sarah Bay Williams
November 2, 2014
He is probably the last of the breed of rural Democrats who are passing from the scene.The Democrats’ Great Plains Firewall: Can Joe Dorman Take the Oklahoma Statehouse?
October 3, 2014
But an island any less menacing would fail to breed a villain who could hope to spar with James Bond.Japan's James Bond Villain Ghost Town
August 7, 2014
EIA found that some companies are issued licenses to breed endangered animals, including the South China Tiger.China Is Brewing Wine From Tiger Bones
July 22, 2014
Historical Examples of breed
Of this breed there are supposed to be about three millions in our Southern provinces.
They are, in short, "We the people," this breed called Americans.
The silkworm-rearers are now taught to breed from healthy moths only.The Roof of France
Daniel Claus had set up a pack of hounds, equal in breed to Sir William's.In the Valley
The swan is said to breed wild now no further away than the North of Sweden.Beowulf
verb breeds, breeding or bred
Word Origin for breed
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 familiarity breeds contempt.