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’
    • ‘Sanitation is at least 75 percent of the fly control program preventing fly breeding.’
    • ‘Water management that prevents mosquito breeding is essential for effective control.’
    • ‘Finding and eliminating breeding places is an important first step in control.’
    • ‘This results in higher competition for scarce breeding and foraging resources.’
    • ‘In both cases the result is assortative mating or breeding among mates that possess similar genes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As soon as breeding is completed, whelping pens are prepared for kits.’
    • ‘They occur in small bachelor herds or in breeding herds consisting of male and female with young.’
    • ‘They possess fully-functional reproductive systems, showing that they are capable of normal breeding.’
    • ‘Water management to prevent mosquito breeding is essential for effective control.’
    • ‘The lives of innumerable other animals that rely on oak woodlands during migration or breeding could be disrupted.’
    • ‘This would provide a breeding area for fish and other marine life, enhancing the biological and economic productivity of the sea.’
    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’
    • ‘Well-to-do travelers prized manners because they are the best available evidence of the breeding and character of new acquaintances.’
    • ‘He lacks, not to put too fine a point on it, the breeding.’
    • ‘The old concept of an officer and a gentleman being such because of background, family status and breeding is gone.’
    • ‘Obviously, the fellow had no breeding, no refinement, nothing - he was merely a perfumed popinjay in a ridiculous suit.’
    • ‘Their observation affords both entertainment and an affirmation of their superior restraint and breeding.’
    • ‘What the Duke refers to is clearly not his rank and breeding but his essential human nature.’
    • ‘This lady is of good breeding, and great character.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A lady of good breeding, she supposed, would be outraged, though she felt no concern.’
    • ‘She was as poised and elegant as her breeding required, Grace thought, and certainly she dressed as befitted her status.’
    • ‘Once he became rich, he bought a huge house and created this appearance of gentility and breeding in his daughters.’
    • ‘The colossal room was packed with people of nobility and breeding.’
    • ‘It wasn't unusual or even particularly ambitious for someone of her breeding and social stature.’
    • ‘When she presented herself, she sounded like any of the young ladies of breeding he'd meet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Paul immediately identified her as inferior, but his superior breeding made proper etiquette a must.’
    • ‘He had impeccable breeding and was a complete sweetheart to me.’
    • ‘Mere thugs did not possess the ability to daunt the comportment of someone with his breeding and class.’
    upbringing, rearing
    manners, good manners, gentility, refinement, cultivation, culture, polish, civility, urbanity
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