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Meaning of “breed” in the English Dictionary

"breed" in British English

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breedverb

uk   us   /briːd/ (bred, bred)
  • breed verb (REPRODUCE)

B2 [T] to ​keepanimals for the ​purpose of ​producingyounganimals in a ​controlled way: Terriers are bred fortheirfightinginstincts. His ​mainincome comes from breeding ​cattle. [I] (of ​animals) to have ​sex and ​produceyounganimals: The ​blackbird, like most ​birds, breeds in the ​spring.

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breednoun [C]

uk   us   /briːd/
B2 a ​particulartype of ​animal or ​plant: a breed of ​dog/​cat/​horse/​sheep/​cattle What's ​yourfavourite breed of ​dog/​dog breed? informal a ​type of ​person: Arletty was that rare breed ofactress - ​beautiful, ​sexy and ​funny. A new breed of film-maker has taken over ​Hollywood. Authentic ​bluessingers are a dying breed (= ​becomingrare) these ​days.

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(Definition of breed from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"breed" in American English

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breednoun [C]

 us   /brid/
a ​particulartype of ​animal or ​plant: the different breeds of ​dogs A breed is also a ​type of ​person or thing: Authentic ​bluessingers are a ​dying breed (= there are not many of them ​left).

breedverb [I/T]

 us   /brid/ (past tense and past participle bred  /bred/ )
to ​keepanimals or ​plants for the ​purpose of ​producingyounganimals or ​plants, often for ​chosenqualities: [T] He bred ​hogs and ​cows and ​sold the ​meat and ​dairyproducts. When ​animals breed, they ​reproduce.
(Definition of breed from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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