Definition of breeding in English:


Syllabification: breed·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈbrēdiNG


  • 1The mating and production of offspring by animals: palolo worms use the moon to time their breeding
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    • In both cases the result is assortative mating or breeding among mates that possess similar genes.
    • They possess fully-functional reproductive systems, showing that they are capable of normal breeding.
    • The lives of innumerable other animals that rely on oak woodlands during migration or breeding could be disrupted.
    reproduction, procreation; matingrearing, raising, nurturing
  • 1.1The activity of controlling the mating and production of offspring of animals: the breeding of rats and mice for experiments
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    • Artificial insemination also allows the producer to better control the breeding of animals, thus reducing risk.
    • Pure breeding offers a basic quality control, guaranteeing that the herd is made up of superior goats.
    • And in fact, the problem is to restrict the breeding rather than to push it.
  • 1.2Training and education, especially in proper social behavior: a girl of good breeding
  • 1.3The good manners regarded as characteristic of the aristocracy and conferred by heredity: a lady of breeding
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    • This lady is of good breeding, and great character.
    • Both appeared to have good manners and fine breeding.
    • She was grateful that her manners and good breeding had not failed her while the rest of her mind seemingly had.
    upbringing, rearing; parentage, family, pedigree, blood, birth, ancestry(good) manners, gentility, refinement, cultivation, polish, urbanity
    informal class

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