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breed

verb
 
 
/briːd/ ( past tense and past participle bred /bred/)
[I] If animals breed, they produce young animals.Breeds and breedingAnimal reproduction
breed chickens/horses/rabbits, etc B2 to keep animals in order to produce young animalsBreeds and breeding
breed contempt/ignorance, etc to cause something to develop, especially something badCausing things to happen
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