Language: Old English
Origin: bredan


1 verb
Related topics: Biology, Agriculture
breed1 S3 past tense and past participle bred
1 [intransitive] if animals breed, they mate in order to have babies:
Eagles breed during the cooler months of the year.
2 [transitive]TAHB to keep animals or plants in order to produce babies or new plants, especially ones with particular qualities:
These dogs were originally bred in Scotland to round up sheep.
crossbreed1, purebred, thoroughbred
3 [transitive] to cause a particular feeling or condition:
Poor living conditions breed violence and despair.
4 [transitive] if a place, situation, or thing breeds a particular type of person, it produces that type:
Society's obsession with sex has bred a generation of unhappy children.

; ➔ born and bred

at born2 (3)

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