breed

[ breed ]
/ brid /

verb (used with object), bred, breed·ing.

verb (used without object), bred, breed·ing.

noun

Origin of breed

before 1000; Middle English breden, Old English brēdan to nourish (cognate with Old High German bruotan, German brüten); noun use from 16th century

Related forms

breed·a·ble, adjectiveo·ver·breed, verb (used with object), o·ver·bred, o·ver·breed·ing.re·breed, verb, re·bred, re·breed·ing.sub·breed, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for breed

breed

/ (briːd) /

verb breeds, breeding or bred

noun

Word Origin for breed

Old English brēdan, of Germanic origin; related to brood
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Science definitions for breed

breed

[ brēd ]

Verb

To produce or reproduce by giving birth or hatching.
To raise animals or plants, often to produce new or improved types.

Noun

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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Idioms and Phrases with breed

breed


see familiarity breeds contempt.

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