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1breed/ˈbriːd/verb
breedsbred/ˈbrɛd/breeding
1breed
/ˈbriːd/
verb
breedsbred/ˈbrɛd/breeding
Learner's definition of BREED  
[+ object]  : to keep and take care of animals or plants in order to produce more animals or plants of a particular kind
[no object]  : to produce young animals, birds, etc. : to produce offspring by sexual reproduction
[+ object]  : to take care of and teach (a child who is growing up) — usually used as (be) bred
— see also breeding, ill-bred, well-bred
[+ object]  : to cause or lead to (something)
— see also familiarity breeds contempt at familiarity

bred in the bone

— used to describe a personal quality that is a deep or basic part of someone's nature — often used as bred-in-the-bone before another noun

— breeder

noun,pluralbreeders[count]
2breed/ˈbriːd/noun
pluralbreeds
2breed
/ˈbriːd/
noun
pluralbreeds
Learner's definition of BREED  
[count]
: a particular kind of dog, cat, horse, etc. : a kind of animal that has been produced by breeding
: a kind of person
— see also half-breed
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