Definition of hotbed in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhɒtbɛd


  • 1An environment promoting the growth of something, especially something unwelcome: the country was a hotbed of revolt and dissension
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    • It has always been a hotbed of espionage activity.
    • It's also a hotbed of heterosexual sex - not something that's normally rife at fashion magazines, which are staffed chiefly by women and gay men.
    • Offices are regularly swept for bugs, and even after the Cold War the United Nations remains for some a hotbed of espionage.
  • 2A bed of earth heated by fermenting manure, for raising or forcing plants.

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