breed ( breeds plural & 3rd person present) ( breeding present participle) ( bred past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A breed of a pet animal or farm animal is a particular type of it. For example, terriers are a breed of dog.
...rare breeds of cattle..., Certain breeds are more dangerous than others.
2 verb If you breed animals or plants, you keep them for the purpose of producing more animals or plants with particular qualities, in a controlled way.
He lived alone, breeding horses and dogs... V n
These dogs are bred to fight. be V-ed to-inf
There is potential for selective breeding for better yields.
3 verb When animals breed, they have babies.
Frogs will usually breed in any convenient pond... V
The area now attracts over 60 species of breeding birds. V-ing
breeding n-uncount oft N n
During the breeding season the birds come ashore.
4 verb If you say that something breeds bad feeling or bad behaviour, you mean that it causes bad feeling or bad behaviour to develop.
If they are unemployed it's bound to breed resentment... V n
Violence breeds violence. V n
5 n-count You can refer to someone or something as one of a particular breedof person or thing when you want to talk about what they are like.
usu sing, with supp
Sue is one of the new breed of British women squash players who are making a real impact..., The new breed of walking holidays puts the emphasis on enjoyment, not endurance...
7 Someone who was born and bred in a place was born there and grew up there.
born and bred phrase
I was born and bred in the highlands...
familiarity breeds contempt →
If someone says that a person has breeding , they mean that they think the person is from a good social background and has good manners. n-uncount
It's a sign of good breeding to know the names of all your staff.
breeding ground ( breeding grounds plural )
1 n-count If you refer to a situation or place as a breeding groundfor something bad such as crime, you mean that this thing can easily develop in that situation or place.
usu sing, with supp, usu N for n
Flaws in the system have created a breeding ground for financial scandals...
2 n-count The breeding groundfor a particular type of creature is the place where this creature breeds easily.
Warm milk is the ideal breeding ground for bacteria.
Captive breeding is the breeding of wild animals in places such as zoos, especially animals which have become rare in the wild. n-uncount