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English definition of “breed”

breed

verb (REPRODUCE)    /briːd/ (bred, bred)
B2 [T] to keep animals for the purpose of producing young animals in a controlled way: Terriers are bred for their fighting instincts . His main income comes from breeding cattle . → See also inbred, purebred, thoroughbred, well bredBreeds and breedingAnimal reproduction [I] (of animals ) to have sex and produce young animals : The blackbird , like most birds , breeds in the spring .Animal reproduction
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