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English definition of “breed”

breed

noun [C]  /brid/ us  
a particular type of animal or plant: the different breeds of dogs A breed is also a type of person or thing: Authentic blues singers are a dying breed (= there are not many of them left).

breed

verb [I/T]  /brid/ (past tense and past participle bred  /bred/) us  
to keep animals or plants for the purpose of producing young animals or plants, often for chosen qualities: [T] He bred hogs and cows and sold the meat and dairy products. When animals breed, they reproduce.
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