breed

breed
breed1 S3 [bri:d] v past tense and past participle bred [bred]
[: Old English; Origin: bredan]
1.)
if animals breed, they ↑mate in order to have babies
Eagles breed during the cooler months of the year.
2.) [T]
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.
3.) [T]
to cause a particular feeling or condition
Poor living conditions breed violence and despair.
4.) [T]
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.
→↑well-bred,born and bred [i]atborn2 (3)
breed 2
breed2 n
1.) a type of animal that is kept as a pet or on a farm
breed of
Spaniels are my favourite breed of dog.
2.) a particular kind of person or type of thing
Real cowboys are a dying breed (=not many exist anymore) .
Dodd was one of that rare breed (=there are not many of them) who could make the game of football look simple.
breed of
a new breed of international criminal

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