breed: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (brēd), [key]
— v., n. bred, breed•ing,
  1. to produce (offspring); procreate; engender.
  2. to produce by mating; propagate sexually; reproduce: Ten mice were bred in the laboratory.
    1. to cause to reproduce by controlled pollination.
    2. to improve by controlled pollination and selection.
  3. to raise (cattle, sheep, etc.): He breeds longhorns on the ranch.
  4. to cause or be the source of; engender; give rise to: Dirt breeds disease. Stagnant water breeds mosquitoes.
  5. to develop by training or education; bring up; rear: He was born and bred a gentleman.
  6. to produce more fissile nuclear fuel than is consumed in a reactor.
  7. to impregnate; mate: Breed a strong mare with a fast stallion and hope for a Derby winner.
  1. to produce offspring: Many animals breed in the spring.
  2. to be engendered or produced; grow; develop: Bacteria will not breed in alcohol.
  3. to cause the birth of young, as in raising stock.
  4. to be pregnant.
  1. a relatively homogenous group of animals within a species, developed and maintained by humans.
  2. lineage; stock; strain: She comes from a fine breed of people.
  3. sort; kind; group: Scholars are a quiet breed.
  4. half-breed (def. 2).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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