inbreed

[ in-breed, in-breed ]
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verb (used with object),in·bred, in·breed·ing.
  1. to breed (individuals of a closely related group) repeatedly.

  2. to breed within; engender.

verb (used without object),in·bred, in·breed·ing.
  1. to engage in or undergo inbreeding.

Origin of inbreed

1
First recorded in 1590–1600; in-1 + breed

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British Dictionary definitions for inbreed

inbreed

/ (ˈɪnˈbriːd) /


verb-breeds, -breeding or -bred
  1. to breed from unions between closely related individuals, esp over several generations

  2. (tr) to develop within; engender

Derived forms of inbreed

  • inbreeding, noun, adjective

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