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seednoun

us   /sid/
  • seed noun (PLANT)

biology [C/U] a small, usually hard part of a plant from which a new plant can grow
  • seed noun (BEGINNING)

[C usually pl] the beginning or cause of something: A good defense lawyer knows how to plant these little seeds of doubt in the minds of jurors.
  • seed noun (SPORTS)

[C] any of the players or teams ranked among the best in a particular competition

seedverb [T]

us   /sid/
  • seed verb [T] (PLANT)

to plant seeds in the ground: We seeded the lawn with a different grass this year.
(Definition of seed from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"seed" in British English

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seednoun

uk   /siːd/ us   /siːd/
  • seed noun (PLANT)

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).
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[U] literary →  semen
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.
If a person or place goes or runs to seed, their physical appearance becomes worse because no one takes care of them: After he retired, he really went to seed.

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  • seed noun (SPORT)

[C] especially in tennis, a good player who is given a place on the list of those expected to win games in a particular competition because of the way they have played in the past: Turner's opponent in the quarter-finals is the number one seed.

seedverb

uk   /siːd/ us   /siːd/
  • seed verb (PLANT)

[I or T] to produce seeds: The plants have seeded themselves (= their seeds have fallen) into the cracks between the paving stones.
[T] also deseed, to remove the seeds from a fruit or vegetable: Wash, seed, and cut the pepper into small pieces.
  • seed verb (SPORT)

[T usually passive] to make a player a seed: [+ adj] Jones, seeded second, has won her last ten matches.
(Definition of seed from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"seed" in Business English

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seednoun [U]

uk   /siːd/ us   FINANCE
UK also seedcorn money used to start a new company, business, activity, etc. as an investment: seed capital/funding/money The conference is aimed at entrepreneurs looking for seed capital for new business ventures.

seedverb [T]

uk   /siːd/ us   FINANCE
to provide money to start a new company, business, etc. as an investment: The venture capital fund of $250 million will seed Chinese high-tech and biotechnology startup ventures.
(Definition of seed from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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