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[in-breed, in-breed]
verb (used with object), in·bred, in·breed·ing.
  1. to breed (individuals of a closely related group) repeatedly.
  2. to breed within; engender.
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verb (used without object), in·bred, in·breed·ing.
  1. to engage in or undergo inbreeding.
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Origin of inbreed

First recorded in 1590–1600; in-1 + breed
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Examples from the Web for inbreed

Historical Examples

  • On our side, we have a more recently mixed race than yours; you've begun to inbreed.

    The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume II

    Burton J. Hendrick

British Dictionary definitions for inbreed


verb -breeds, -breeding or -bred
  1. to breed from unions between closely related individuals, esp over several generations
  2. (tr) to develop within; engender
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Derived Formsinbreeding, noun, adjective
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