American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To produce (offspring); give birth to or hatch.
- v. To bring about; engender: "Admission of guilt tends to breed public sympathy” ( Jonathan Alter).
- v. To cause to reproduce, especially by controlled mating and selection: breed cattle.
- v. To develop new or improved strains in (organisms), chiefly through controlled mating and selection of offspring for desirable traits.
- v. To inseminate or impregnate; mate with.
- v. To rear or train; bring up: a writer who was bred in a seafaring culture.
- v. To be the place of origin of: Austria breeds great skiers.
- v. To produce (fissionable material) in a breeder reactor.
- v. To produce offspring.
- v. To copulate; mate.
- v. To originate and develop: Mischief breeds in bored minds.
- n. A group of organisms having common ancestors and certain distinguishable characteristics, especially a group within a species developed by artificial selection and maintained by controlled propagation.
- n. A kind; a sort: a new breed of politician; a new breed of computer.
- n. Offensive A person of mixed racial descent; a half-breed.
- idiom. a scab Regional To stir up trouble for oneself.
- idiom. breed up a storm New England To become cloudy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To procreate; beget; engender; hatch.
- To produce within or upon the body by development or organic process.
- To cause; occasion; produce; originate.
- To produce; be the native place of: as, a pond breeds fish; a northern country breeds a race of stout men.
- To bring up; nurse and foster; take care of during the period of growth: as, born and bred.
- To form by education; train: as, to breed a son to an occupation; a man bred at a university: commonly with up.
- To procure by the mating of parents, and rear for use: as, to breed canaries; to breed cattle for the market.
- Synonyms To generate.
- To nourish, nurture.
- To educate, school, discipline.
- To raise.
- To beget or bear offspring; produce young; be fruitful: used figuratively of increase generally.
- To have birth; be produced; arise; grow; develop: as, maggots breed readily in carrion.
- To procure the birth of young: with from: as, to breed from a mare of good stock.
- To be pregnant.
- n. A race or progeny from the same parents or stock; especially, a race of men or other animals having an alliance by nativity and some distinctive qualities in common, which are transmitted by heredity; hence, family; extraction: as, a breed of men in a particular country; horses or sheep of good breed.
- n. Hence Sort; kind: in a general sense.
- n. A number produced at once; a hatch; a brood: as,“above an hundred at a breed,”
- n. Increase of any sort, especially interest on money; usury.
- n. Breeding.
- v. To sexually produce offspring.
- v. Of animals, to mate.
- v. To keep animals and have them reproduce in a way that improves the next generation’s qualities.
- v. To arrange the mating of specific animals.
- v. To propagate or grow plants trying to give them certain qualities.
- v. To make sure that one's young grow up to adulthood.
- v. To yield or result in.
- v. LGBT To ejaculate inside the penetratee during intercourse, especially in the rectum.
- n. All animals or plants of the same species or subspecies.
- n. A race or lineage.
- n. informal A group of people with shared characteristics.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To produce as offspring; to bring forth; to bear; to procreate; to generate; to beget; to hatch.
- v. To take care of in infancy, and through the age of youth; to bring up; to nurse and foster.
- v. To educate; to instruct; to form by education; to train; -- sometimes followed by
- v. To engender; to cause; to occasion; to originate; to produce.
- v. To give birth to; to be the native place of.
- v. To raise, as any kind of stock.
- v. obsolete To produce or obtain by any natural process.
- v. To bear and nourish young; to reproduce or multiply itself; to be pregnant.
- v. To be formed in the parent or dam; to be generated, or to grow, as young before birth.
- v. To have birth; to be produced or multiplied.
- v. To raise a breed; to get progeny.
- n. A race or variety of men or other animals (or of plants), perpetuating its special or distinctive characteristics by inheritance.
- n. Class; sort; kind; -- of men, things, or qualities.
- n. obsolete A number produced at once; a brood.
- n. a special variety of domesticated animals within a species
- v. copulate with a female, used especially of horses
- v. cause to procreate (animals)
- v. have young (animals) or reproduce (organisms)
- n. a special type
- v. call forth
- Middle English breden, from Old English brēdan; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The profitable style of breeding for the great majority of farmers to adopt, is neither to cross nor to breed from close affinities -- except in rare instances, and for some specific and clearly understood purpose -- but to _breed in the line_; that is, to select the breed or race best adapted to fulfil the requirement demanded, whether it be for the dairy, for labor, or for such combination of these as can be had without too great a sacrifice of the principal requisite, and then to procure a _pure-bred_ male of the kind determined upon, and breed him to the females of the herd; and if these be not such as are calculated to develop his qualities, endeavor by purchase or exchange to procure such as will.”
Cattle and Their Diseases Embracing Their History and Breeds, Crossing and Breeding, And Feeding and Management; With the Diseases to which They are Subject, And The Remedies Best Adapted to their Cure
“Gorant pumps up the stakes by stressing the case's importance as a potential attitude-changer; it could "disprove the public's basic beliefs about the breed," "help change people's minds about pit bulls," "tell the other side of the pit bull story," "show the world what this breed is all about," etc.”
“With this, the price of this breed is also increasing.”
“Besides its correct title and variations such as Gloster Spot or just Old Spot, the breed is also known as The Orchard Pig and The Cottager's Pig.”
“A very old tradition of the breed is the holding of foot classes at the major East Anglian shows.”
“Toller owners adamantly insist that their breed is the ideal all-purpose hunting dog and house pet combination, with a unique skill other retrievers lack.”
“Since homosexuals cannot reproduce, the only way for them to 'breed' is to RECRUIT!”
“Simply stigmatising them as evil beings who just breed and breed is so wrong and illogical.”
“February 17th, 2009 at 1: 51 pm what breed is Kingsley? looks badass.”
“Again, my instinct says that this is probably wishful thinking, and certainly the entertainment producer is often a different breed from the TV journalist (she says, nose turned up!).”
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