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English definition of “breed”


verb [I/T]    /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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