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verb breed pronunciation in British English /briːd/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebreeding
past tensebred
past participlebred

Related meanings

  1. 1
    [intransitive] if animals breed, they become the parents of young animals

    The birds have bred successfully for the past six years.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to produce new plants or animals from existing ones, especially in order to produce plants or animals with particular characteristics

    She breeds sheep.

    attempts to breed a new disease-resistant type of corn


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