Definition of breeding in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbriːdɪŋ/


[mass noun]
1The mating and production of offspring by animals: the flooding of the rivers is a trigger for breeding to start
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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.
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.

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