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Meaning of BREED

Pronunciation:  breed

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  1. [n]  a lineage or race of people
  2. [n]  a special kind of domesticated animals within a species; "he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"; "he created a new variety of sheep"
  3. [n]  a special lineage; "a breed of Americans"
  4. [n]  half-caste offspring of parents of different races (especially of white and Indian parents)
  5. [v]  have young; used of animals; derogatory when used for people
  6. [v]  of plants or animals; "She breeds dogs"
  7. [v]  copulate with a female, used esp. of horses; "The horse covers the mare"
  8. [v]  call forth

BREED is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: cover, engender, half-breed, multiply, spawn, stock, strain, strain, variety
 See Also: ancestry, ancestry, animal group, blood, blood line, bloodline, bloodstock, cause, copulate, couple, create, cross, crossbreed, derivation, descent, do, filiation, half-caste, hybridise, hybridize, interbreed, line, line of descent, lineage, lineage, make, make, mate, metis, mongrelise, mongrelize, origin, pair, parentage, pedigree, procreate, produce, pullulate, reproduce, species



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Breed\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bred}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Breeding}.] [OE. breden, AS. br[=e]dan to nourish, cherish,
    keep warm, from br[=o]d brood; akin to D. broeden to brood,
    OHG. bruoten, G. br["u]ten. See {Brood}.]
    1. To produce as offspring; to bring forth; to bear; to
       procreate; to generate; to beget; to hatch.
             Yet every mother breeds not sons alike. --Shak.
             If the sun breed maggots in a dead dog. --Shak.
    2. To take care of in infancy, and through the age of youth;
       to bring up; to nurse and foster.
             To bring thee forth with pain, with care to breed.
             Born and bred on the verge of the wilderness.
    3. To educate; to instruct; to form by education; to train;
       -- sometimes followed by up.
             But no care was taken to breed him a Protestant.
                                                   --Bp. Burnet.
             His farm may not remove his children too far from
             him, or the trade he breeds them up in. --Locke.
    4. To engender; to cause; to occasion; to originate; to
       produce; as, to breed a storm; to breed disease.
             Lest the place And my quaint habits breed
             astonishment.                         --Milton.
    5. To give birth to; to be the native place of; as, a pond
       breeds fish; a northern country breeds stout men.
    6. To raise, as any kind of stock.
    7. To produce or obtain by any natural process. [Obs.]
             Children would breed their teeth with less danger.
    Syn: To engender; generate; beget; produce; hatch; originate;
         bring up; nourish; train; instruct.
  2. \Breed\, v. i.
    1. To bear and nourish young; to reproduce or multiply
       itself; to be pregnant.
             That they breed abundantly in the earth. --Gen.
                                                   viii. 17.
             The mother had never bred before.     --Carpenter.
             Ant. Is your gold and silver ewes and rams? Shy. I
             can not tell. I make it breed as fast. --Shak.
    2. To be formed in the parent or dam; to be generated, or to
       grow, as young before birth.
    3. To have birth; to be produced or multiplied.
             Heavens rain grace On that which breeds between
             them.                                 --Shak.
    4. To raise a breed; to get progeny.
             The kind of animal which you wish to breed from.
    {To breed in and in}, to breed from animals of the same stock
       that are closely related.
  3. \Breed\, n.
    1. A race or variety of men or other animals (or of plants),
       perpetuating its special or distinctive characteristics by
             Twice fifteen thousand hearts of England's breed.
             Greyhounds of the best breed.         --Carpenter.
    2. Class; sort; kind; -- of men, things, or qualities.
             Are these the breed of wits so wondered at? --Shak.
             This courtesy is not of the right breed. --Shak.
    3. A number produced at once; a brood. [Obs.]
    Note: Breed is usually applied to domestic animals; species
          or variety to wild animals and to plants; and race to
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