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Definitions of breed

  1. a lineage or race of people
  2. a special kind of domesticated animals within a species; " he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"; " he created a new variety of sheep"
  3. a special lineage; " a breed of Americans"
  4. half- caste offspring of parents of different races ( especially of white and Indian parents)
  5. have young; used of animals; derogatory when used for people
  6. of plants or animals; " She breeds dogs"
  7. copulate with a female, used esp. of horses; " The horse covers the mare"
  8. a special variety of domesticated animals within a species; " he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"; " he created a new strain of sheep"
  9. have young ( animals); " pandas rarely breed in captivity"
  10. copulate with a female, used especially of horses; " The horse covers the mare"
  11. To produce as offspring; to bring forth; to bear; to procreate; to generate; to beget; to hatch.
  12. To take care of in infancy, and through the age of youth; to bring up; to nurse and foster.
  13. To engender; to cause; to occasion; to originate; to produce; as, to breed a storm; to breed disease.
  14. To give birth to; to be the native place of; as, a pond breeds fish; a northern country breeds stout men.
  15. To raise, as any kind of stock.
  16. To produce or obtain by any natural process.
  17. To bear and nourish young; to reproduce or multiply itself; to be pregnant.
  18. To be formed in the parent or dam; to be generated, or to grow, as young before birth.
  19. To have birth; to be produced or multiplied.
  20. To raise a breed; to get progeny.
  21. A race or variety of men or other animals ( or of plants), perpetuating its special or distinctive characteristics by inheritance.
  22. A number produced at once; a brood.
  23. To educate; to instruct; to form by education; to train; - sometimes followed by up.
  24. Class; sort; kind; - of men, things, or qualities.
  25. To hatch; to produce or cause; to train; to rear.
  26. To bear young; to be fruitful; to come into being.
  27. A race or offspring from the same parents or stock; a class or kind.
  28. Breeder.
  29. Bred.
  30. Breeding.
  31. To generate or bring forth: to train or bring up: to cause or occasion.
  32. To be with young: to produce offspring: to be produced or brought forth:- pa. t. and pa. p. bred.
  33. That which is bred, progeny or offspring: kind or race.
  34. Offspring; family, kind, or race.
  35. To produce offspring; to bring up; to cause.
  36. To produce, as offspring; beget; hatch; raise; originate; cause.
  37. To bring up; train.
  38. To produce young.
  39. To be born; develop; originate.
  40. The progeny of one stock; a race or strain; a sort or kind.
  41. Race or progeny from the same parents or stock; kind; a brood.
  42. To generate; to cause; to occasion; to produce; to form by education; to bring up; to rear.
  43. To bring forth young; to have birth; to be produced; to raise a breed. To breed in and in, to breed from animals of the same stock that are very nearly related.
  44. To generate; to hatch; to produce young; to occasion; to educate; to train; to instruct; to raise from the best kinds.
  45. A race of men or other animals from the same stock; a kind; a caste; offspring; a variety; a hatch; a brood.
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Usage examples for breed

  1. Pick the breed you prefer but have it in scale with your place. – If You're Going to Live in the Country by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
  2. Failure to breed is commonly caused by faulty methods of feeding and care. – Common Diseases of Farm Animals by R. A. Craig, D. V. M.
  3. And by an ignorant half- breed like this President What's- his- name? – Captain Macklin by Richard Harding Davis
  4. " I've made a study of the breed sir," said Crowther. – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell
  5. The half- breed saw him, and ran on. – For the Liberty of Texas by Edward Stratemeyer
  6. Bulldog was of another breed – Young Barbarians by Ian Maclaren
  7. I have but little fancy for this breed myself. – The Domestic Cat by Gordon Stables
  8. Race- horses of the best breed were marked with the old letter Koppa. – A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.) by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
  9. I know your breed – A Woman Named Smith by Marie Conway Oemler
  10. And they are also to be taught that it is wrong to marry and breed children, because the Sacred Few do not require so many people to work for them as before! – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  11. A very good thing, at least, for the country, to improve the breed of cattle. – Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond] by Maria Edgeworth
  12. It has just been stated that the male Gelasimus does not acquire his conspicuous colours until mature and nearly ready to breed – The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition) by Charles Darwin
  13. I will not be half- breed – Northern Lights by Gilbert Parker
  14. That was my first glimpse of the life of tragedy through which a half- breed woman of the Orient has to go. – Flash-lights from the Seven Seas by William L. Stidger Commentator: Bishop Francis J. McConnell
  15. 8. New- Brunswick Society for the improvement of the breed of Horses and other Cattle. – First History of New Brunswick by Peter Fisher Commentator: William Fisher
  16. He went on to tell me that suspicion had fastened itself upon a half- breed who came to the house where Zoe lived. – Children of the Market Place by Edgar Lee Masters
  17. They breed Strange hatred for you, even while I feel My soul's home is with you, must be with you To find my soul's rest. – Toward the Gulf by Edgar Lee Masters
  18. The difference in shell color is due to the breed of hen. – Foods That Will Win The War And How To Cook Them (1918) by C. Houston Goudiss and Alberta M. Goudiss
  19. There in his bunk lay the half- breed – The Whelps of the Wolf by George Marsh
  20. Never mind, said Don, who did not seem to feel half as bad as David did; dogs of his breed never stray far away, and he'll be at your house or ours before morning, you may depend upon it. – The Boy Trapper by Harry Castlemon
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