A seed is basically a baby plant — it's the way plants reproduce. One tiny sunflower seed can potentially grow into a sunflower that's ten feet tall.

Some seeds are just a tiny speck, others a small pod, and still others a cluster inside a fruit. As a verb, seed means "remove the seeds from," so you can seed a lemon or a pomegranate (and in the latter case, you can then eat the seeds you've seeded). You also seed when you scatter seeds in a garden. Figuratively, seed is often used to mean "provide money to start a business" or "help something grow."

Definitions of seed
  1. noun
    a mature fertilized plant ovule consisting of an embryo and its food source and having a protective coat or testa
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    a small body that contains the female germ cell of a plant; develops into a seed after fertilization
  2. noun
    a small hard fruit
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    edible seed
    many are used as seasoning
    coffee, coffee bean, coffee berry
    a seed of the coffee tree; ground to make coffee
    a small hard seed found in some fruits
    bonduc nut, nicker nut, nicker seed
    hard shiny grey seed of a bonduc tree; used for making e.g. jewelry
    Job's tears
    hard pearly seeds of an Asiatic grass; often used as beads
    oil-rich seed, oilseed
    any of several seeds that yield oil
    safflower seed
    seed of the safflower
    caryopsis, grain
    dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
    winged seed of the ash tree
    coquilla nut
    nut having a hard hazel-brown shell used like vegetable ivory
    babassu nut
    hard-shelled nut of the babassu palm
    cohune nut
    nut of the cohune palm having hard white shells like those of ivory nuts
    apple nut, ivory nut, vegetable ivory
    nutlike seed of a South American palm; the hard white shell takes a high polish and is used for e.g. buttons
    neem seed
    seed of neem trees; source of pesticides and fertilizer and medicinal products
    buckeye, conker, horse chestnut
    the inedible nutlike seed of the horse chestnut
    Mexican jumping bean, jumping bean, jumping seed
    seed of Mexican shrubs of the genus Sebastiana containing the larva of a moth whose movements cause the bean to jerk or tumble
    any of various seeds or fruits that are beans or resemble beans
    usually large hard-shelled seed
    edible nut
    a hard-shelled seed consisting of an edible kernel or meat enclosed in a woody or leathery shell
    pumpkin seed
    the edible seed of a pumpkin
    areca nut, betel nut
    seed of betel palm; chewed with leaves of the betel pepper and lime as a digestive stimulant and narcotic in southeastern Asia
    water chinquapin
    edible nutlike seeds of an American lotus having the flavor of a chinquapin
    dika nut
    edible oil-rich seed of wild mango
    sunflower seed
    edible seed of sunflowers; used as food and poultry feed and as a source of oil
    cumin, cumin seed
    aromatic seeds of the cumin herb of the carrot family
    cedar nut, cembra nut
    the seed of the Swiss pine
    castor bean
    the toxic seed of the castor-oil plant; source of castor oil
    seed of cotton plants; source of cottonseed oil
    seed of candlenut tree; source of soil used in varnishes
    coumara nut, tonka bean
    fragrant black nutlike seeds of the tonka bean tree; used in perfumes and medicines and as a substitute for vanilla
    algarobilla, algarroba, algarrobilla
    mesquite pod used in tanning and dyeing
    seed of amaranth plants used as a native cereal in Central and South America
    seed of rape plants; source of an edible oil
    a grain of barley
    wheat berry
    a grain of wheat
    a single whole grain of a cereal
    the seed of the cereal grass
    cola nut, kola nut
    bitter brown seed containing caffein; source of cola extract
    nuts of forest trees (as beechnuts and acorns) accumulated on the ground
    calabar bean, ordeal bean
    dark brown highly poisonous seed of the calabar-bean vine; source of physostigmine and used in native witchcraft
    twisted seed pods of the divi-divi tree; source of tannin
    algarroba, algarroba bean, carob, carob bean, locust bean, locust pod
    long pod containing small beans and sweetish edible pulp; used as animal feed and source of a chocolate substitute
    soy, soya bean, soybean
    a source of oil; used for forage and soil improvement and as food
    broad bean, fava bean, horsebean
    seed of the broad-bean plant
    palm kernel, palm nut
    seed of any oil palm
    a small nut
    flaxseed, linseed
    the seed of flax used as a source of oil
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    the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant
  3. verb
    remove the seeds from
    seed grapes”
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  4. verb
    bear seeds
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    bear, turn out
    bring forth, "The apple tree bore delicious apples this year"
  5. verb
    go to seed; shed seeds
    “The dandelions went to seed
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    seed again or anew
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    disgorge, shed, spill
    cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over
  6. verb
    place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth
    “She sowed sunflower seeds
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    inseminate, sow, sow in
    place seeds in or on (the ground)
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    sow over a wide area, especially by hand
    inseminate, sow, sow in
    place seeds in or on (the ground)
    sow by scattering
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    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  7. noun
    the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract
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    seminal fluid produced by male fish
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    bodily fluid, body fluid, humor, humour, liquid body substance
    the liquid parts of the body
  8. noun
    one of the outstanding players in a tournament
    synonyms: seeded player
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    participant, player
    a person who participates in or is skilled at some game
  9. verb
    distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
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    grade, order, place, range, rank, rate
    assign a rank or rating to
  10. noun
    anything that provides inspiration for later work
    synonyms: germ, source
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    something that provides an important central source for growth or development
    the source of an artist's inspiration
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    arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
  11. verb
    help (an enterprise) in its early stages of development by providing seed money
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    obtain or provide money for
  12. verb
    sprinkle with silver iodide particles to disperse and cause rain
    seed clouds”
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    process, treat
    subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition
  13. verb
    inoculate with microorganisms
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    introduce a microorganism into
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