Language: Old English
Origin: sæd


1 noun
seed1 S3 W3 plural seeds or seed


a) [uncountable and countable]HBP a small, hard object produced by plants, from which a new plant of the same kind grows:
sunflower seeds
plant/sow seeds (=put them into the ground)
Sow the seeds one inch deep in the soil.
grow something from seed (=grow a plant from a seed, rather than planting it when it is already partly grown)
b) [uncountable]HBP a quantity of seeds:
grass seed

in fruit

[countable] American EnglishHBP one of the small hard objects in a fruit such as an apple or orange, from which new fruit trees grow [= pip British English]

seeds of something

written something that makes a new situation start to grow and develop
seeds of change/victory
The seeds of change in Eastern Europe were beginning to emerge.
seeds of doubt/disaster/destruction etc (=something which makes a bad feeling or situation develop)
Something Lucy said began to sow seeds of doubt in his mind.

go/run to seed

a) HBP if a plant or vegetable goes or runs to seed, it starts producing flowers and seeds as well as leaves
b) if someone or something goes or runs to seed, they become less attractive or good, especially because they are getting old and have not been properly looked after:
The old central bus station is going to seed.

number one/two/three etc seed

[countable]DST a player or team in a competition that is given a particular position, according to how likely they are to win:
He's been top seed for the past two years.


[uncountable] biblical semen or sperm - often used humorously


[uncountable] biblicalRRC the group of people who have a particular person as their father, grandfather etc, especially when they form a particular race

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