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

      

    breed

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//briːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//briːd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they breed
    BrE BrE//briːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//briːd//
     
    he / she / it breeds
    BrE BrE//briːdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//briːdz//
     
    past simple bred
    BrE BrE//bred//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bred//
     
    past participle bred
    BrE BrE//bred//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bred//
     
    -ing form breeding
    BrE BrE//ˈbriːdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbriːdɪŋ//
     
    Animal farming, Pets
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive] (of animals) to have sex and produce young Many animals breed only at certain times of the year. see also interbreed
  2. 2  [transitive] breed something (for/as something) to keep animals or plants in order to produce young ones in a controlled way The rabbits are bred for their long coats. Greyhounds were originally bred as hunting dogs. the first panda to be bred in captivity CollocationsFarmingGrowing food and raising animals plant trees/​seeds/​crops/​vines/​barley grow/​produce corn/​wheat/​rice/​fruit plough/(North American English) plow land/​a field sow/​harvest seeds/​crops/​fields spread manure/​fertilizer on something cultivate/​irrigate/​water/​contaminate crops/​plants/​fields/​land damage/​destroy/​lose your crop ripen/​pick fruit/​berries/​grapes press/​dry/​ferment grapes grind/​thresh grain/​corn/​wheat raise/​rear/​keep chickens/​poultry/​cattle/​pigs raise/​breed/​feed/​graze livestock/​cattle/​sheep kill/​slaughter livestock preserve/​smoke/​cure/​salt meatModern farming run a fish farm/​an organic dairy engage in/​be involved in intensive (pig/​fish) farming use/​apply (chemical/​organic) fertilizer/​insecticides/​pesticides begin/​do/​conduct field trials of GM (= genetically modified) crops grow/​develop GM crops/​seeds/​plants/​foods fund/​invest in genetic engineering/​research improve/​increase crop yields face/​suffer from/​alleviate food shortages label food that contains GMOs (= genetically modified organisms) eliminate/​reduce farm subsidies oppose/​be against factory farming/​GM food promote/​encourage/​support organic/​sustainable farming see also cross-breed, pure-bred, thoroughbred See related entries: Animal farming, Pets
  3. 3[transitive] breed something to be the cause of something Nothing breeds success like success.
  4. 4[transitive, usually passive] breed something into somebody to educate somebody in a particular way as they are growing up Fear of failure was bred into him at an early age. see also well bred
  5. Word Origin Old English brēdan ‘produce (offspring), bear (a child)’, of Germanic origin; related to German brüten, also to brood.Extra examples She’s a lovely cat. Will you breed from her? dogs that are bred for their fighting ability fish that have been selectively bred for their appearance The otters were bred in captivity and then released into the wild.Idioms born and having grown up in a particular place with a particular background and education He was born and bred in Boston. I'm a Londoner, born and bred. More Like This Alliteration in idioms belt and braces, black and blue, born and bred, chalk and cheese, chop and change, done and dusted, down and dirty, in dribs and drabs, eat somebody out of house and home, facts and figures, fast and furious, first and foremost, forgive and forget, hale and hearty, hem and haw, kith and kin, mix and match, part and parcel, puff and pant, to rack and ruin, rant and rave, risk life and limb, short and sweet, signed and sealed, spic and span, through thick and thin, this and that, top and tail, tried and tested, wax and waneSee worksheet.
    familiarity breeds contempt
     
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    (saying) knowing somebody/something very well may cause you to lose admiration and respect for them/it
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