- 1[countable, uncountable] the small hard part produced by a plant, from which a new plant can grow a packet of wild flower seeds sesame seeds an apple seed Sow the seeds outdoors in spring. These vegetables can be grown from seed. seed potatoes (= used for planting) Topic CollocationsThe Living Worldanimals animals mate/breed/reproduce/feed (on something) fish/amphibians swim/spawn (= lay eggs) birds fly/migrate/nest/sing insects crawl/fly/bite/sting insects/bees/locusts swarm bees collect/gather nectar/pollen spiders spin/weave a web snakes/lizards shed their skins bears/hedgehogs/frogs hibernate insect larvae grow/develop/pupate an egg/a chick/a larva hatches attract/find/choose a mate produce/release eggs/sperm lay/fertilize/incubate/hatch eggs inhabit a forest/a reef/the coast mark/enter/defend (a) territory stalk/hunt/capture/catch/kill preyplants and fungi trees/plants grow/bloom/blossom/flower a seed germinates/sprouts leaves/buds/roots/shoots appear/develop/form flower buds swell/open a fungus grows/spreads/colonizes something pollinate/fertilize a flower/plant produce/release/spread/disperse pollen/seeds/spores produce/bear fruit develop/grow/form roots/shoots/leaves provide/supply/absorb/extract/release nutrients perform/increase/reduce photosynthesisbacteria and viruses bacteria/microbes/viruses grow/spread/multiply bacteria/microbes live/thrive in/on something bacteria/microbes/viruses evolve/colonize something/cause disease bacteria break something down/convert something (into something) a virus enters/invades something/the body a virus mutates/evolves/replicates (itself) be infected with/contaminated with/exposed to a new strain of a virus/drug-resistant bacteria contain/carry/harbor bacteria/a virus kill/destroy/eliminate harmful/deadly bacteria see also birdseed beginning
- 2[countable, usually plural] seed (of something) the beginning of a feeling or a development that continues to grow the seeds of rebellion This planted the seeds of doubt in my mind. in sports
- 3[countable] (in sports, especially tennis) one of the best players or teams in a competition. The seeds are given a position in a list to try and make sure that they do not play each other in the early parts of the competition The top seed won comfortably. the number one seed of a man
- 4[uncountable] (old-fashioned or humorous) semen
- 5[uncountable] (literary) all the people who are the children, grandchildren, etc. of one man Idioms
- 1(especially of a vegetable plant) to produce flowers and seeds as well as leaves The lettuces had all run to seed.
- 2to become much less attractive or good because of lack of attention After his divorce, he let himself go to seed.
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to start the process that leads to a particular situation or result In this way he sowed the seeds of his own success.
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