I. verb (bred; breeding) Etymology: Middle English breden, from Old English brēdan; akin to Old English brōd brood Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to produce (offspring) by hatching or gestation 2. a. beget 1 b. produce, engender <
despair often breeds violence
3. to propagate (plants or animals) sexually and usually under controlled conditions <
bred several strains of corn together to produce a superior variety
4. a. bring up, nurture <
born and bred in the country
b. to inculcate by training <
breed good manners into one's children
5. a. mate IV,3 b. to mate with ; inseminate c. impregnate 2 6. to produce (a fissionable element) by bombarding a nonfissionable element with neutrons from a radioactive element intransitive verb 1. a. to produce offspring by sexual union b. copulate, mate 2. to propagate animals or plants II. noun Date: 1553 1. a group of usually domesticated animals or plants presumably related by descent from common ancestors and visibly similar in most characters 2. a number of persons of the same stock 3. class, kind <
a new breed of athlete

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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