Definition of breeding in English:

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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.
rearing, 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.
1.2The good manners regarded as characteristic of the aristocracy and conferred by heredity: a girl of good 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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Syllabification: breed·ing

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