seed - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a small hard part produced by a plant that can grow into a new plant of the same type
    sow/plant seed(s):

    You can sow grass seed to cover the worn patches.

    grow something from seed:

    I grew these herbs from seed.

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] a seed that you eat or use to give flavour to food

      a packet of sesame/sunflower/cumin seeds

    2. b.
      [countable] American a pip from a fruit
  2. 2
    [countable] a player or team that has been given a number that shows how likely they are to win a competition
    number one/top seed (=considered most likely to win):

    the number one seed

  3. 3
    [uncountable] an old word used in the Bible to mean a man’s semen. This word is sometimes used humorously.
    1. a.
      an old word used in the Bible to mean all the children, grandchildren etc of a particular man