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American English: /sid/
British English: /siːd/

Translation of seed in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 countable (of plant)
    (of orange, grape) (US)
    pepita (feminine)
    semilla (feminine)
    sunflower seeds
    semillas (feminine plural) de girasol
    pipas (feminine plural) (Spain)
    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 (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 or run to seed (lit) (plant) (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) de siembra
    patatas (feminine plural) de siembra (Spain)
    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 (origins) (often plural) 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 (Sport) 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)
    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.
  • 4 [literary] 4.1 uncountable (sperm)
    Example sentences
    • In a similar way, human males feel a biological need to release their seed at frequent intervals.
    • He only has two functional modes: he's either quoting the encyclopedia or looking to release his seed.
    4.2 countable and uncountable (offspring, descendants) (+ singular or plural verb)
    Example sentences
    • The key is that the promise was made to Abraham and to his seed, that is, to one seed, to one offspring.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (sow with seeds)to seed something with something
    sembrar algo de algo
    to seed a field with barley
    sembrar un campo de cebada
    Example sentences
    • Snow peas love cool weather and can be seeded into the ground at the last frost date.
    • Broccoli and cauliflower directly seeded in the garden have had their baby leaves completely eaten.
    • Three legumes were seeded in late February 1995 with a no-till drill.
    Example sentences
    • The plots' nine species are based on surveys of what northeastern dairy farmers use to seed their grazing lands.
    • At the USDA's urging, and at a subsidised price, much of the abandoned land was seeded with crested wheat grass and it continued to be the plant of choice under the federal Conservation Reserve Program for many years.
    • It is also good weather for land being ploughed and seeded.
    1.2 (remove seeds from)
    quitarle las pepitas or semillas a
    Example sentences
    • Peel the garlic and chop it finely, then seed and chop the chillies.
    1.3 (Meteorology)
    Example sentences
    • This has mainly been done by seeding the clouds with silver iodide, which greatly reduces the size of the hail.
    • Aeroplanes fly into the ‘right’ clouds and seed them to induce the supercooled water droplets to freeze and become tiny ice crystals which then fall as rain.
    • Weather Bureau researchers believed seeding a hurricane's eye wall could reduce the storm's intensity.
  • 2 (Sport) (usually passive) a seeded player
    un jugador cabeza de serie
    un sembrado (Mexico)
    Example sentences
    • The Islanders are seeded 86th in the tournament and drew with Zimbabwe in the previous round.
    • For their part, the Czechs may not be the best people to ask about the advantages of being seeded for a major tournament.
    • On a positive side for other teams, if they know where they're going to be seeded in the play-offs, they can rest some players and have a fresh first round.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (form seeds)
    Example sentences
    • They seed around a good deal, so new plants are always coming on to replace those that fade out.
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