Definition and Meanings for breed

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Part of Speech of breed

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb, noun

Etymology of breed

oe. breden, as. br to nourish, cherish, keep warm, from br brood; akin to d. broeden to brood, ohg. bruoten, g. br. see brood

Meaning of breed


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to produce as offspring; to bring forth; to bear; to procreate; to generate; to beget; to hatch.
  • to take care of in infancy, and through the age of youth; to bring up; to nurse and foster.
  • to educate; to instruct; to form by education; to train; -- sometimes followed by up.
  • to engender; to cause; to occasion; to originate; to produce; as, to breed a storm; to breed disease.
  • to give birth to; to be the native place of; as, a pond breeds fish; a northern country breeds stout men.
  • to raise, as any kind of stock.
  • to produce or obtain by any natural process.

as intransitive verb

  • to bear and nourish young; to reproduce or multiply itself; to be pregnant.
  • to be formed in the parent or dam; to be generated, or to grow, as young before birth.
  • to have birth; to be produced or multiplied.
  • to raise a breed; to get progeny.

as noun

  • a race or variety of men or other animals (or of plants), perpetuating its special or distinctive characteristics by inheritance.
  • class; sort; kind; -- of men, things, or qualities.
  • a number produced at once; a brood.
  • No antonyms for breed

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