verb (past and past participle bred /brɛd/)[no object]
- 1(Of animals) mate and then produce offspring: toads are said to return to the pond of their birth to breedMore example sentences
- There are, he says, at least 200 different species of bacteria breeding feverishly behind your lips.
- Some Australian bird species or parrot species will breed quite happily here in captivity.
- And they also believe that the creatures are breeding in our countryside.
- 1.1 [with object] Cause (an animal) to produce offspring, especially in a controlled and organized way: bitches may not be bred from more than once a yearMore example sentences
- Cows were bred to Brangus bulls during the 60-d breeding season, with 1 bull per 18 cows.
- Hereford sires were bred to Angus and MARC III cows.
- Mules, animals that result from breeding a male donkey with a female horse, are usually sterile.
- 1.2 [with object] Develop (a variety of animal or plant) for a particular purpose or quality: these horses are bred for this sportMore example sentences
- Most leeks can be harvested for use as baby leeks, but some varieties are bred for culinary appeal as baby leeks.
- Hybrid seeds, on the other hand, are bred for qualities such as longevity or disease resistance.
- Many seed catalogs feature varieties that are bred for small size plots - and organic too!
- 1.3 [with object] Rear and train (someone) to behave in a particular way: Theodora had been beautifully bredMore example sentences
- I brought you up and bred you and this is how you repay me?
- If we were to breed you for hosts, how could we keep you knowledgeable, but subservient?
- Seems like the better bred you are, the more of a jerk you turn out to be.
- 1.4 [with object] Produce or lead to (something) over a period of time: success had bred a certain arroganceMore example sentences
- Naturally, I concluded that athletic success bred confidence that carries through into professional life.
- Or could it be that beauty breeds fame and success?
- Usually, success breeds envy and resentment, but we've stayed good friends.
- 1.5 [with object] Physics Create (fissile material) by nuclear reaction.More example sentences
- The reactor was designed for breeding plutonium and can readily be converted to do so.
- The breeding reactor is included in the cooling circuit with a lower coolant temperature.
- Only small fractions of these fertile elements are needed for clandestine breeding of fissionable fuels.
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- 1A stock of animals or plants within a species having a distinctive appearance and typically having been developed by deliberate selection: the big continental breeds are eagerly being imported by British farmersMore example sentences
- This text would be very applicable for an introductory course in animal breeds, selection, evaluation and judging.
- I would point out that we have special breeds of animals that we bred for hundreds of years.
- In the section for cattle, about 600 stud animals of 15 different breeds and 16 slaughter steers have been entered.
- 1.1A sort or kind of person or thing: a new breed of entrepreneurs was brought into beingMore example sentences
- There were breeds of all sorts talking and singing, having a good time.
- It was said that entrepreneurs were a special breed, more driven to succeed than the rest of us.
- We must find a way to accommodate both breeds of military professional.
a breed apart
- A kind of person that is very different from the norm: health-service staff are a breed apart with their dedication to dutyMore example sentences
- Regular callers to these programmes are a breed apart.
- While the Danes, Swedes and Norwegians are of the same race with similar languages, the Finns are a breed apart.
- English directors are a breed apart and unlike anything we have in this country.
a dying breed
- A kind of person that is slowly disappearing: the country’s dying breed of elder statesmenMore example sentences
- But I wonder if that huggable American tourist is a dying breed.
- Restaurants like the Shamrock are a dying breed in Vancouver.
- Windsurfers may be a dying breed in the United States, but the sport is alive and kicking on the Italian Riviera.
what's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh (or blood)
- see bone.
Old English brēdan 'produce (offspring), bear (a child)', of Germanic origin; related to German brüten, also to brood.