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  1. breed
    IPA[brēd]
  2. verb

    • 1. (of animals) mate and then produce offspring:

      toads are said to return to the pond of their birth to breed the breeding season
      Synonym : reproduce, produce offspring, procreate, bear young, multiply, propagate, mate, beget offspring
    • 2. cause (an animal) to produce offspring, especially in a controlled and organized way:

      he wants to see the animals his new stock has been bred from
    • 3. develop (a kind of animal or plant) for a particular purpose or quality:

      these horses are bred for this sport
      Synonym : rear, raise, nurture
    • 4. rear and train (someone) to behave in a particular way or have certain qualities:

      Theresa had been beautifully bred
      Synonym : bring up, rear, raise, nurture, educate, teach, train
    • 5. cause (something) to happen or occur, typically over a period of time:

      success breeds confidence
      Synonym : cause, bring about, give rise to, lead to, create, produce, generate, spawn, foster, occasion, make for, result in, arouse, stir up, beget
    • 6. create (fissile material) by nuclear reaction.

    noun

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: breed, plural noun: breeds

    • v.: verb: breed, 3rd person present: breeds, gerund or present participle: breeding, past tense: bred, past participle: bred

    • verb

      (of animals) mate and then produce offspring:

      cause (an animal) to produce offspring, especially in a controlled and organized way:

    • noun

      a stock of animals or plants within a species having a distinctive appearance and typically having been developed by deliberate selection:

      a sort or kind of person or thing:

    • noun

      a breed of livestock or poultry that is not associated with large-scale commercial farming, typically one that has traditionally been reared in a particular region:

      a person or thing with characteristics that are uncommon among their kind; a rarity:

    • noun

      a person whose parents are of different races, especially the offspring of a North American Indian and a person of white European ancestry.
    • noun

      a minor variant of a breed; a secondary breed.
    • verb

      produce (an animal or plant) by mating or hybridizing two different species, breeds, or varieties:

      hybridize (a breed, species, or variety) with another:

    • noun

      an animal or plant produced by mating or hybridizing two different species, breeds, or varieties:
    • noun

      a breed of livestock or poultry that is not associated with large-scale commercial farming, typically one that has traditionally been reared in a particular region:

      a person or thing with characteristics that are uncommon among their kind; a rarity:

    • adjective

      (of an animal) resulting from the crossing of different breeds or types:
    • noun

      a person whose parents are of different races, especially the offspring of a North American Indian and a person of white European ancestry.
    • noun

      a minor variant of a breed; a secondary breed.
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