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English

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to breed

Third person singular
breeds

Simple past
bred

Past participle
-

Present participle
breeding

to breed (third-person singular simple present breeds, present participle breeding, simple past and past participle bred)
  1. To sexually produce offspring.
  2. Of animals, to mate.
  3. To keep animals and have them reproduce in a way that improves the next generation’s qualities.
  4. To arrange the mating of specific animals.
    She wanted to breed her cow to the neighbor's registered bull.
  5. To propagate or grow plants trying to give them certain qualities.
    He tries to breed blue roses.
  6. To make sure that one's young grow up to adulthood.
  7. To yield or result in.
    Disaster breeds famine.

Related terms

breeder; breeding

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Noun

Singular
breed

Plural
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  1. All animals or plants of the same species or subspecies eg. a breed of tulip, a breed of animal.
  2. A race or lineage.

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Dutch

Pronunciation

Adjective

breed (inflected brede)

  1. broad

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