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Pronunciation: /siːd/

Translation of seed in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 countable/numerable (of plant) semilla (feminine), simiente (feminine) [literary/literario]; (of orange, grape) (American English/inglés norteamericano) pepita (feminine), semilla (feminine) sunflower seeds semillas (feminine plural) de girasol, pipas (feminine plural) (Spain/España) sow1 1 1
    Example sentences
    • The proportion of flowers and ovules that develop into fruits and seeds in flowering plants rarely reaches 1.
    • In maize, as in all flowering plants, the seed develops inside a coat of maternal origin.
    • We collected fruits and counted the total number of flowers, fruits, and fully developed undamaged seeds from each plant.
    1.2 uncountable/no numerable (collectively) semillas (feminine plural), simiente (feminine) I grew these tomatoes from seed estos tomates los planté en almácigo the plant is in seed la planta ha granado to go o run to seed (lit) [plant] granar (deteriorate) you've run to seed since you stopped jogging te has abandonado desde que dejaste de hacer footing a great actor gone to seed un gran actor en decadencia seed potatoes papas (feminine plural) or (Spain/España) patatas (feminine plural) de siembra
    Example sentences
    • Dovuro organises production of commercial quantities of seed, and markets seeds to distributors.
    • Mike and Polly travel extensively, especially to the USA, bringing back small quantities of seed from which they grow stock plants.
    • In more trials with indigenous plants, his immediate challenge was to amass sufficient quantities of seed so that large areas might be replanted.
  • 2 countable/numerable (origins) (often plural/frecuentemente plural) germen (masculine), semilla (feminine) the seeds of the rebellion el germen or la semilla de la revuelta to sow the seeds of doubt sembrar* (el germen de) la duda
    Example sentences
    • More bad publicity in the media has suggested that all may not be well with new homes, sowing seeds of doubts in the minds of potential buyers.
    • Sadly, while Franklin sows seeds of reasonable doubt in the early going, before long the answers are agonizingly clear.
    • If we had scored it could possibly have sowed some seeds of doubt in their minds and raised our confidence levels.
  • 3 countable/numerable [Sport/Deporte] cabeza (masculine and feminine) de serie, sembrado, (masculine, feminine) (Mexico/México) the first/second seed el primer/segundo cabeza de serie, el clasificado número uno/dos para el torneo, el sembrado en primer/segundo lugar (Mexico/México)
    Example sentences
    • There is no debating Illinois' position as a No.1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
    • ‘We will look at the top seeds at this tournament for the India trip because it is the only way we can send the right body builders,’ he said.
    • Pakistan have been placed in Pool A of the Olympic tournament with top seeds Germany, Spain, Korea, Great Britain and Egypt.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (sow with seeds) to seed sth with sth sembrar* algo de algo to seed a field with barley sembrar un campo de cebada 1.2 (remove seeds from) [fruit] quitarle las pepitas or semillas a 1.3 [Meteorol] [cloud] bombardear
  • 2 [Sport/Deporte] (usually passive/normalmente en voz pasiva) a seeded player un jugador cabeza de serie, un sembrado (Mexico/México)

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

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