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breednoun [C]

 us   /brid/
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).

breedverb [I/T]

 us   /brid/ (past tense and past participle bred  /bred/ )
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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