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.
- breeches part,
- breed of cat,
- breed's hill,
- breeder reactor,
Origin of breed
Examples from the Web for 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|Helen Thompson|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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?|David Freedlander|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But an island any less menacing would fail to breed a villain who could hope to spar with James Bond.
EIA found that some companies are issued licenses to breed endangered animals, including the South China Tiger.
Sir William Stanley used to breed some fifty pointers yearly.The Dog|Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
We breed and fatten a large number of pigs on the clearings round the shanty.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)|William Delisle Hay
The dog owner does not as a rule think it worth while to post himself on the history and points of the breed.The Airedale|Williams Haynes
They can be buried in the earth, till they breed worms and stink.The Expositor's Bible: The Pastoral Epistles|Alfred Plummer
Breeds of poultry are usually divided into three separate classes, depending on the place where the breed originated.Outdoor Sports and Games|Claude H. Miller
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.