Definition of breed in English:

breed

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 (of animals) mate and then produce offspring:

    ‘toads are said to return to the pond of their birth to breed’
    • ‘One should also remember that cattle breed once per year, or sometimes not at all.’
    • ‘Bored pet owners released them and the birds bred.’
    • ‘There are, he says, at least 200 different species of bacteria breeding feverishly behind your lips.’
    • ‘Birds might breed there, but in fact the reproduction success is not high enough to maintain the population.’
    • ‘If the predator breeds faster than the prey, eventually the predators run out of food and starve.’
    • ‘The current roster has more than 50 stallions breeding on five continents.’
    • ‘Now that does seem like a lot, but these birds breed at an incredibly slow rate, with an incredibly low rate of juvenile success.’
    • ‘California red-legged frogs breed in aquatic habitats such as streams, ponds, marshes, and stock ponds.’
    • ‘And they also believe that the creatures are breeding in our countryside.’
    • ‘The tiger breeds very easily, even in captivity.’
    • ‘But can so much really rest on the fortunes of 58 species of butterfly breeding in Britain?’
    • ‘Did you know men cows will never breed with the same cow twice.’
    • ‘Flies can breed in infected faeces and contaminate food.’
    • ‘At remote Point Bennett on San Miguel, seals and sea lions breed and pup in spectacular numbers.’
    • ‘These birds breed primarily on coastal beaches from southern Washington to southern Baja California, Mexico.’
    • ‘One thing he had not been able to figure out was how the creatures bred.’
    • ‘Larvae breed in woodland pools filled by melting snows or by spring rains.’
    • ‘A captive pair of wounded, flightless eagles had bred and produced an egg, something that almost never happens.’
    • ‘Keep manure dry, since wet manure promotes fly pest breeding and inhibits beneficial insect breeding.’
    • ‘Some Australian bird species or parrot species will breed quite happily here in captivity.’
    reproduce, produce offspring, procreate, bear young, multiply, propagate
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    1. 1.1[with object] Cause (an animal) to produce offspring, especially in a controlled and organized way:
      ‘bitches may not be bred from more than once a year’
      • ‘Researchers bred mice and monitored their offspring for DNA mutations passed through the sperm of the father.’
      • ‘Researchers planned to breed the chickens and study their offspring.’
      • ‘Hereford sires were bred to Angus and MARC III cows.’
      • ‘One does not need Stonehenge to know when to plant seeds or when to breed cattle.’
      • ‘Andre says her next steps are to try to breed the species and eventually release some back into the wild.’
      • ‘They also told him that they were breeding Bride in Blue to Seattle Slew.’
      • ‘I noticed the horse was bred in the palace as it was the pure white colour only royal horses had.’
      • ‘Most farmers breed pigs, sheep, and dairy cattle, from which they obtain meat, wool, milk, cheese, and butter.’
      • ‘For to breed the dog would be to cause a worse-off rather than a better-off individual to exist.’
      • ‘He was bred between the strongest and fastest horses of the desert.’
      • ‘In the spring, she had plans to breed him with Snow.’
      • ‘These little tiny innocent mice were bred at my facility for generation studies in some experiments.’
      • ‘Mules, animals that result from breeding a male donkey with a female horse, are usually sterile.’
      • ‘He added, looking down at the mare, ‘She is about four years old, and this Spring should be bred for the first time.’’
      • ‘The dog was bred to another one of the dogs on his farm.’
      • ‘Cows were bred to Brangus bulls during the 60-d breeding season, with 1 bull per 18 cows.’
      • ‘Cows are bred, calves are produced and animals are sold off the farm.’
      • ‘He had the burnished-copper eye color that she had been seeking, so she bred him to one of her best Burmese females.’
      • ‘You can also breed your dogs, and either keep them or sell the puppies to your friends via link up.’
      • ‘If she is bred, I won't be able to ride her for quite some time.’
    2. 1.2[with object] Develop (a variety of animal or plant) for a particular purpose or quality:
      ‘these horses are bred for this sport’
      • ‘The cattle were bred for endurance, the method deemed best for inducing marbling.’
      • ‘Those currently being used were bred for forage production.’
      • ‘It follows that if you want an authentic border collie, you must get one that was bred for livestock work.’
      • ‘To make the process more precise, plant varieties are often bred to express a limited range of traits.’
      • ‘Most leeks can be harvested for use as baby leeks, but some varieties are bred for culinary appeal as baby leeks.’
      • ‘All commercial potato varieties grown in North America are bred for low levels of solanine.’
      • ‘One would expect the Chinook, which was bred for function, not form, to be free of genetic disease.’
      • ‘Many seed catalogs feature varieties that are bred for small size plots - and organic too!’
      • ‘She could try to outrun them, but their horses were bred for endurance in this desert land.’
      • ‘Commonly, these also had a snake nursery where snakes were bred for use for the healing ceremonies.’
      • ‘Hybrid seeds, on the other hand, are bred for qualities such as longevity or disease resistance.’
      • ‘They are bred for power, speediness, and stamina though height somehow made itself known within their pedigree.’
      • ‘Dachshunds were originally bred to go down badger holes and kill badgers.’
      • ‘One of the oldest breeds, the lizard canary, is bred for the spangled effect of its feathers.’
      • ‘Dumb and silent, they are bred for domestic tasks or field work.’
      • ‘Dogs are bred for profit only, and there is virtually no concern for the health or emotional well-being of these animals.’
      • ‘Thus, the sheepdogs developed for use on the islands were bred for agility, brains and speed.’
      • ‘The best kind of bees is the bumble bee, which are bred for their speed and noise.’
      • ‘Being bred for companionship they need it as well.’
      • ‘The horses this elite group invested in were bred for beauty, intelligence, strength, and speed.’
      rear, raise, nurture
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    3. 1.3[with object] Rear and train (someone) to behave in a particular way:
      ‘Theodora had been beautifully bred’
      • ‘Our capabilities to learn are boundless but not every person is bred to be a goody-goody.’
      • ‘If we were to breed you for hosts, how could we keep you knowledgeable, but subservient?’
      • ‘One of your skills as a coach is to breed these personalities, not as individuals, but how they interact in a group.’
      • ‘I brought you up and bred you and this is how you repay me?’
      • ‘In this increasingly technological world, we must breed scientists, not just engineers; thinkers, not just doers.’
      • ‘Seems like the better bred you are, the more of a jerk you turn out to be.’
      • ‘They saw themselves as well-born and bred men who out of loyalty and conscience had chosen to defend their king.’
      • ‘She breeds dancers whose execution is invariably clean and gentle - a dream of lyricism.’
      • ‘In India, IT is not just breeding billionaires and Internet addicts.’
      • ‘She knew she really shouldn't be taking it out on him, after all this was his job and what he was practically bred to do.’
      • ‘She's from the West Coast, and they breed strong women down there.’
      • ‘Grandfather looked at me in anger, not so much at me, but in the world that bred us to be enemies for no reason.’
      • ‘They breed their grannies tough out there in Lithuania, make no mistake.’
      • ‘One cannot but feel that the prison system breeds criminals instead of rehabilitating them.’
      • ‘These types of cases breed other cases, breed other victims.’
      • ‘For all their vaunted intelligence and breeding people enjoy their symbols and they like to gloat.’
      • ‘There's just something about that part of the country that just breeds crazy daredevils.’
      • ‘It's like stereotypical teenager stuff that she's practically bred to say.’
      • ‘Her Mom had bred her for Justine when she was two years old.’
      • ‘They own us, and breed us, and take the fruits of our labor.’
      bring up, rear, raise, nurture
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    4. 1.4[with object] Produce or lead to (something) over a period of time:
      ‘success had bred a certain arrogance’
      • ‘When addressing creativity, the general rule is quantity breeds quality!’
      • ‘Our local practices breed complacency and led us to take shortcuts.’
      • ‘Collusion in under-age drinking starts at home and adult abuse breeds imitation’.’
      • ‘Such experience bred self-reliance and general hardiness among the settlers.’
      • ‘What are the general factors that breed terrorism?’
      • ‘Or could it be that beauty breeds fame and success?’
      • ‘In fact, ‘success’ has similarly bred disaster.’
      • ‘Openness means equality; it breeds fairness which results in strength.’
      • ‘Success breeds success and the entire animation category needs a boost these days.’
      • ‘And so in a sense success breeds its own failure.’
      • ‘Effective communication in the employee-supervisor relationship breeds trust and better understanding.’
      • ‘It breeds an atmosphere of competition which has, over time, become hostility.’
      • ‘Naturally, I concluded that athletic success bred confidence that carries through into professional life.’
      • ‘Put very crudely, familiarity and success bred scepticism and contempt.’
      • ‘As she saw it, even occasional laziness breeds disaster.’
      • ‘This is not a track record that breeds confidence.’
      • ‘It breeds resentment, and often leads to increased violence and serious abuse.’
      • ‘As you mentioned, success breeds competition.’
      • ‘Usually, success breeds envy and resentment, but we've stayed good friends.’
      • ‘In television, more than any other business, success breeds imitation.’
      cause, bring about, give rise to, lead to, create, produce, generate, spawn, foster, occasion, make for, result in
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    5. 1.5Physics [with object] Create (fissile material) by nuclear reaction.
      • ‘The reactor was designed for breeding plutonium and can readily be converted to do so.’
      • ‘Only small fractions of these fertile elements are needed for clandestine breeding of fissionable fuels.’
      • ‘The breeding reactor is included in the cooling circuit with a lower coolant temperature.’

noun

  • 1A stock of animals or plants within a species having a distinctive appearance and typically having been developed by deliberate selection:

    ‘the big continental breeds are eagerly being imported by British farmers’
    • ‘Regardless of what breed you choose, or where it comes from, ALL dogs need training.’
    • ‘Even so, some dogs within these breeds bark more than they should, some more than others.’
    • ‘Once you decide which breed you'd like to raise, what kind of facilities will you need?’
    • ‘Once you decide which breed you want, you will need to consider the age of the dog.’
    • ‘The quantity and quality of fats in traditional animal breeds varies, too.’
    • ‘In the section for cattle, about 600 stud animals of 15 different breeds and 16 slaughter steers have been entered.’
    • ‘It's one way of keeping yourself up-to-date on what's happening, especially with a plant breed.’
    • ‘This should also be true of cattle within the same breed.’
    • ‘They went to great lengths to find the most powerful of each animal breed, and take a fang from their mouths.’
    • ‘Each steer within a breed group was randomly assigned a number between one and four.’
    • ‘He wrestles crocodiles and captures all breeds of dangerous animals for a living.’
    • ‘These values enhance the accuracy of selection decisions by establishing the relative genetic value of a sire within a breed.’
    • ‘Furthermore, since humans have been in New Zealand, many breeds of native flora and fauna have become extinct.’
    • ‘The origin of the Maltese as a distinct breed has never been precisely determined.’
    • ‘Rankings for purebred producers are useful within respective breeds.’
    • ‘This text would be very applicable for an introductory course in animal breeds, selection, evaluation and judging.’
    • ‘As someone who supports rare breeds and animal welfare, I'll have to side with PETA on this one.’
    • ‘Most calves in Britain are cross-breds with blood from both native and continental breeds.’
    • ‘I would point out that we have special breeds of animals that we bred for hundreds of years.’
    • ‘We talked about the breed species and of its culture.’
    variety, stock, strain, line, family
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    1. 1.1 A sort or kind of person or thing:
      ‘a new breed of entrepreneurs was brought into being’
      • ‘The new breed of woman writer has a $500,000 first contract and a very specific aesthetic and social profile.’
      • ‘Make no mistake; modern CEOs are generally an outstanding breed.’
      • ‘But it just goes to show you what sort of breed of people lived in our wee town.’
      • ‘The wine of interest to this new breed of wine merchant typically sits in an unbroken case in Britain.’
      • ‘One of the new breed of sneaker brands is straight outta Orange County.’
      • ‘I am currently dating one of the dominant species of my breed.’
      • ‘I present a new breed of cultural critic, unleashing a fresh brand of polysyllabic pontification.’
      • ‘It was said that entrepreneurs were a special breed, more driven to succeed than the rest of us.’
      • ‘He was a transition figure - the last of the World War II heroic generals and the first of a new breed, the managerial generals.’
      • ‘It was as if a new species, a new breed of humans had come into my knowledge.’
      • ‘Meanwhile a new breed of artists was advancing another brand of banality, with divisive effects on the art world.’
      • ‘Silicon Valley-style entrepreneurs are still a rare breed in both countries.’
      • ‘We must find a way to accommodate both breeds of military professional.’
      • ‘It's also nice to see a variety show again and any star that can bring that breed of show back to life can't be all bad.’
      • ‘There were breeds of all sorts talking and singing, having a good time.’
      • ‘Lots of industry people there for that strange breed of person who enjoy that sort of thing.’
      • ‘It takes a certain kind of breed of person to jump on the back of a bull.’
      • ‘There's a whole new breed of this kind of activity and it's on the Internet.’
      • ‘If you're a fan of the old-school jungle sound or even part of the new breed of fans, pick up this mix.’
      • ‘By contrast, her second husband seems another breed entirely.’
      type, kind, sort, variety, class, genre, genus, order, calibre, brand, generation, vintage
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Phrases

  • a breed apart

    • A kind of person that is very different from the norm:

      ‘health-service staff are a breed apart with their dedication to duty’
      • ‘Diplomacy enthusiasts have always been a breed apart from the mainstream of the hobby.’
      • ‘These ghosts are a breed apart from the usual homeless types who inhabit such dwellings.’
      • ‘While the Danes, Swedes and Norwegians are of the same race with similar languages, the Finns are a breed apart.’
      • ‘Regular callers to these programmes are a breed apart.’
      • ‘English directors are a breed apart and unlike anything we have in this country.’
  • a dying breed

    • A kind of person that is slowly disappearing:

      ‘the country's dying breed of elder statesmen’
      • ‘Environmentalists, in the traditional single-issue sense, are a dying breed.’
      • ‘And you ask why chivalrous men are a dying breed?’
      • ‘Windsurfers may be a dying breed in the United States, but the sport is alive and kicking on the Italian Riviera.’
      • ‘But I wonder if that huggable American tourist is a dying breed.’
      • ‘The pair is part of a dying breed of music partnerships.’
      • ‘Restaurants like the Shamrock are a dying breed in Vancouver.’
      • ‘The men and women who practice this art and create durable, functional, and practical furniture are among a dying breed.’
      • ‘But I hope they are a dying breed, when it comes to layout anyway.’
      • ‘I know I'm almost the last of a dying breed: one of the few career stage actors left in the world.’
      • ‘Screen Art is one of the last of a dying breed in that area.’
  • what's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh (or blood)

    • A person's behaviour or characteristics are determined by their heredity.

      • ‘I guess what's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh, as they say.’
      • ‘Because what's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh, and we should never forget it.’
      • ‘What's bred in the bone will out in the flesh, the saying goes.’
      • ‘As the saying goes, ‘what's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh!’’
      • ‘Maybe it true, ‘what's bred in the bone will not out in the flesh’ or maybe I am completely misinterpreting literature, as usual.’

Origin

Old English brēdan ‘produce (offspring), bear (a child)’, of Germanic origin; related to German brüten, also to brood.

Pronunciation

breed

/briːd/