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seed

noun (PLANT)    /siːd/
B2 [C or U] a small , round, or oval object produced by a plant and from which, when it is planted , a new plant can grow : Sow the seeds (= put them in the ground ) about three centimetres deep . The chemical will stop all seeds from sprouting (= starting to grow ). The farmers grow these crops for seed (= for planting to grow more crops , rather than for eating ).Fruits and seeds and their parts [U] literary → semenBodily fluids and their productionUrine and urinating go/run to seed If a food plant goes or runs to seed, it produces flowers and seeds because it has not been picked early enough: In hot weather lettuces can suddenly run to seed.Decaying and staying fresh If a person or place goes or runs to seed, their physical appearance becomes worse because no one cares for them: After he retired , he really went to seed.Deteriorating and making worse
(Definition of seed noun (PLANT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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