Definition of Breed

1. Noun. A special variety of domesticated animals within a species. "He created a new strain of sheep"

Exact synonyms: Stock, Strain
Generic synonyms: Animal Group, Variety
Specialized synonyms: Bloodstock, Pedigree
Group relationships: Species
Derivative terms: Stock

2. Verb. Call forth.
Exact synonyms: Engender, Spawn
Generic synonyms: Cause, Do, Make

3. Noun. A special type. "Google represents a new breed of entrepreneurs"
Generic synonyms: Type

4. Verb. Copulate with a female, used especially of horses. "The horse covers the mare"
Exact synonyms: Cover
Category relationships: Animal Husbandry
Related verbs: Brood, Cover, Hatch, Incubate
Generic synonyms: Copulate, Couple, Mate, Pair

5. Verb. Cause to procreate (animals). "She breeds dogs"
Specialized synonyms: Mongrelise, Mongrelize, Cross, Crossbreed, Hybridise, Hybridize, Interbreed
Generic synonyms: Create, Make, Produce
Derivative terms: Breeder, Breeding

6. Verb. Have young (animals) or reproduce (organisms). "These bacteria reproduce"
Exact synonyms: Multiply
Generic synonyms: Multiply, Procreate, Reproduce
Specialized synonyms: Pullulate
Derivative terms: Breeding, Multiplication

Definition of Breed

1. v. t. To produce as offspring; to bring forth; to bear; to procreate; to generate; to beget; to hatch.

2. v. i. To bear and nourish young; to reproduce or multiply itself; to be pregnant.

3. n. A race or variety of men or other animals (or of plants), perpetuating its special or distinctive characteristics by inheritance.

Definition of Breed

1. Verb. To sexually produce offspring. ¹

2. Verb. Of animals, to mate. ¹

3. Verb. To keep animals and have them reproduce in a way that improves the next generation’s qualities. ¹

4. Verb. To arrange the mating of specific animals. ¹

5. Verb. To propagate or grow plants trying to give them certain qualities. ¹

6. Verb. To make sure that one's young grow up to adulthood. ¹

7. Verb. To yield or result in. ¹

8. Verb. (LGBT) To ejaculate inside the penetratee during intercourse, especially in the rectum. ¹

9. Noun. All animals or plants of the same species or subspecies. ¹

10. Noun. A race or lineage. ¹

11. Noun. (informal) A group of people with shared characteristics. ¹

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Definition of Breed

1. to cause to give birth [v BRED, BREEDING, BREEDS]

Medical Definition of Breed

1. 1. A race or variety of men or other animals (or of plants), perpetuating its special or distinctive characteristics by inheritance. "Twice fifteen thousand hearts of England's breed." (Shak) "Greyhounds of the best breed." (Carpenter) 2. Class; sort; kind; of men, things, or qualities. "Are these the breed of wits so wondered at?" (Shak) "This courtesy is not of the right breed." (Shak) 3. A number produced at once; a brood. Breed is usually applied to domestic animals; species or variety to wild animals and to plants; and race to men. 1. To produce as offspring; to bring forth; to bear; to procreate; to generate; to beget; to hatch. "Yet every mother breeds not sons alike." (Shak) "If the sun breed maggots in a dead dog." (Shak) 2. To take care of in infancy, and through the age of youth; to bring up; to nurse and foster. "To bring thee forth with pain, with care to breed." (Dryden) "Born and bred on the verge of the wilderness." (Everett) 3. To educate; to instruct; to form by education; to train; sometimes followed by up. "But no care was taken to breed him a Protestant." (Bp. Burnet) "His farm may not remove his children too far from him, or the trade he breeds them up in." (Locke) 4. To engender; to cause; to occasion; to originate; to produce; as, to breed a storm; to breed disease. "Lest the place And my quaint habits breed astonishment." (Milton) 5. To give birth to; to be the native place of; as, a pond breeds fish; a northern country breeds stout men. 6. To raise, as any kind of stock. 7. To produce or obtain by any natural process. "Children would breed their teeth with less danger." (Locke) Synonym: To engender, generate, beget, produce, hatch, originate, bring up, nourish, train, instruct. Origin: OE. Breden, AS. Bredan to nourish, cherish, keep warm, from brod brood; akin to D. Broeden to brood, OHG. Bruoten, G. Bruten. See Brood. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Breed

breeches buoy
breed in the bone
breed like rabbits
breeder material
breeder reactor

Literary usage of Breed

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication by Charles Darwin (1899)
"Another Turkish breed having an extraordinary appearance; black and tailless; ... I have seen an allied white, tailless breed from Turkey. the last, white, ..."

2. The Journal of Heredity by American Genetic Association (1916)
"Inbreeding in Europe "In general," Mr. Wriedt said, "They learn this: that in every breed the valuable strains or families are found to contain the names of ..."

3. The Gothic and Anglo-Saxon Gospels in parallel columns, with the versions of by John Wycliffe, William Tyndale, Joseph Bosworth, George Waring (1874)
"23 There cam other shippes from Tiberias nye vnto the place, where they ate breed, when the Lorde had blessed. 24 Then when the people sawe, that Jesus was ..."

4. The American Revolution by John Fiske (1891)
"The position of breed,s Hill was admirably fitted for annoying the town and the ships ... Reaching breed,s Hill about midnight, Colonel Prescott,s men began ..."

5. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1867)
"With a view to obtain some knowledge of the condition of the prisoners, by inducing Little Crow to send me some half-breed with whom I could communicate on ..."

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