Definition of breeding in English:



mass noun
  • 1The mating and production of offspring by animals.

    ‘the flooding of the rivers is a trigger for breeding to start’
    • ‘They occur in small bachelor herds or in breeding herds consisting of male and female with young.’
    • ‘Water management to prevent mosquito breeding is essential for effective control.’
    • ‘They possess fully-functional reproductive systems, showing that they are capable of normal breeding.’
    • ‘Finding and eliminating breeding places is an important first step in control.’
    • ‘The study was concluded at the end of the breeding season each year.’
    • ‘Some geneticists and population viability experts suggest 300 to 400 breeding females are needed.’
    • ‘This results in higher competition for scarce breeding and foraging resources.’
    • ‘Water management that prevents mosquito breeding is essential for effective control.’
    • ‘We allow only the 50% fittest crows to survive before the breeding season starts.’
    • ‘They do not have complete knowledge of breeding and rearing young parrots.’
    • ‘This would provide a breeding area for fish and other marine life, enhancing the biological and economic productivity of the sea.’
    • ‘As soon as breeding is completed, whelping pens are prepared for kits.’
    • ‘Sanitation is at least 75 percent of the fly control program preventing fly breeding.’
    • ‘The lives of innumerable other animals that rely on oak woodlands during migration or breeding could be disrupted.’
    • ‘In both cases the result is assortative mating or breeding among mates that possess similar genes.’
    reproduction, reproducing, procreation, multiplying, propagation
    rearing, raising, nurturing
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  • 2The good manners regarded as characteristic of the aristocracy and conferred by heredity.

    ‘that's the kind of modesty you get from good breeding’
    • ‘Mere thugs did not possess the ability to daunt the comportment of someone with his breeding and class.’
    • ‘When she presented herself, she sounded like any of the young ladies of breeding he'd meet.’
    • ‘A lady of good breeding, she supposed, would be outraged, though she felt no concern.’
    • ‘Obviously, the fellow had no breeding, no refinement, nothing - he was merely a perfumed popinjay in a ridiculous suit.’
    • ‘He had impeccable breeding and was a complete sweetheart to me.’
    • ‘The colossal room was packed with people of nobility and breeding.’
    • ‘She knew she was beautiful, that her future was certain, and that her renowned reputation and breeding was near flawless.’
    • ‘Both appeared to have good manners and fine breeding.’
    • ‘Their observation affords both entertainment and an affirmation of their superior restraint and breeding.’
    • ‘The old concept of an officer and a gentleman being such because of background, family status and breeding is gone.’
    • ‘Well-to-do travelers prized manners because they are the best available evidence of the breeding and character of new acquaintances.’
    • ‘This lady is of good breeding, and great character.’
    • ‘It wasn't unusual or even particularly ambitious for someone of her breeding and social stature.’
    • ‘What the Duke refers to is clearly not his rank and breeding but his essential human nature.’
    • ‘She was grateful that her manners and good breeding had not failed her while the rest of her mind seemingly had.’
    • ‘He is on the opposite end of the social spectrum, a wannabe aristocrat without the breeding to easily fit in.’
    • ‘Paul immediately identified her as inferior, but his superior breeding made proper etiquette a must.’
    • ‘He lacks, not to put too fine a point on it, the breeding.’
    • ‘Once he became rich, he bought a huge house and created this appearance of gentility and breeding in his daughters.’
    • ‘She was as poised and elegant as her breeding required, Grace thought, and certainly she dressed as befitted her status.’
    upbringing, rearing
    manners, good manners, gentility, refinement, cultivation, culture, polish, civility, urbanity
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