Definition of seed verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    seed

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//siːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//siːd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they seed
    BrE BrE//siːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//siːd//
     
    he / she / it seeds
    BrE BrE//siːdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//siːdz//
     
    past simple seeded
    BrE BrE//ˈsiːdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsiːdɪd//
     
    past participle seeded
    BrE BrE//ˈsiːdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsiːdɪd//
     
    -ing form seeding
    BrE BrE//ˈsiːdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsiːdɪŋ//
     
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    of a plant
  1. 1[intransitive] to produce seeds
  2. 2[transitive] seed itself to produce other plants using its own seeds
  3. area of ground
  4. 3[transitive, usually passive] seed something (with something) to plant seeds in an area of ground a newly seeded lawn
  5. in tennis
  6. 4[transitive, usually passive] seed somebody to make somebody a seed in a competition He has been seeded 14th at Wimbledon next week. See related entries: Tennis
  7. Word Origin Old English sǣd, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zaad, German Saat, also to sow1.
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