breed

To breed is to have babies, whether you’re a human or a hermit crab. A breed is also a specific type of a domesticated species, like a poodle or Great Dane.

The word breed comes from the Old English bredan which means to "bring young to birth," but also "cherish,” which is how most people feel about their offspring. Awwwww. But the fact is that breeding is reproducing. Also, a breed is a strain or stock of a species, such as a Siamese cat. There are many types of dog breeds, cow breeds, and even pig breeds. Members of a breed usually look and behave in a similar way.

Primary Meanings of breed

1.
vn
cause to procreate (animals)
a special variety of domesticated animals within a species
2.
v
call forth
Full Definitions of breed
1

v cause to procreate (animals)

“She breeds dogs”
Types:
mongrelise, mongrelize
cause to become a mongrel
cross, crossbreed, hybridise, hybridize, interbreed
breed animals or plants using parents of different races and varieties
backcross
mate a hybrid of the first generation with one of its parents
Type of:
create, make, produce
create or manufacture a man-made product

v have young (animals) or reproduce (organisms)

“pandas rarely breed in captivity”
Synonyms:
multiply
Types:
pullulate
breed freely and abundantly
Type of:
multiply, procreate, reproduce
have offspring or produce more individuals of a given animal or plant

v copulate with a female, used especially of horses

Synonyms:
brood, cover, hatch, incubate
sit on (eggs)

n a special variety of domesticated animals within a species

“he experimented on a particular breed of white rats”
Synonyms:
stock, strain
Types:
bloodstock
thoroughbred horses (collectively)
pedigree
line of descent of a purebred animal
Type of:
animal group
a group of animals
variety
(biology) a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differ from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics

n a special type

“Google represents a new breed of entrepreneurs”
Type of:
type
a subdivision of a particular kind of thing
2

v call forth

Synonyms:
engender, spawn
Type of:
cause, do, make
give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

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