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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 ​defenselawyerknows 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 ​particularcompetition

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)

Definition of "seed" - British English Dictionary

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seednoun

uk   us   /siːd/

seed noun (PLANT)

B2 [C or U] a ​small, round, or ​ovalobjectproduced 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 ​centimetresdeep. The ​chemical will ​stop all seeds from sprouting (= ​starting to ​grow). The ​farmersgrow 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 ​foodplant goes or ​runs to seed, it ​producesflowers and seeds because it has not been ​picked early enough: In ​hotweatherlettuces can ​suddenlyrun to seed. If a ​person or ​place goes or ​runs to seed, ​theirphysicalappearancebecomesworse because no one ​takescare of them: After he ​retired, he really went to seed.
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seed noun (BEGINNING)

C2 [C usually plural] the ​cause of a ​feeling or ​situation, or the early ​stages of it: From these early seeds oftheirfriendship, they ​grew into ​lifelongcompanions. He may be sowing the seeds of his own ​destruction in the ​longterm by using ​violence against his own ​people.

seed noun (SPORT)

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

seedverb

uk   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 ​pavingstones. [T] (also deseed ) to ​remove the seeds from a ​fruit or ​vegetable: Wash, seed, and ​cut the ​pepper into ​smallpieces.

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)

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seednoun [U]

uk   us   /siːd/ 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 ​businessventures.

seedverb [T]

uk   us   /siːd/ FINANCE
to ​providemoney to ​start a new ​company, ​business, etc. as an ​investment: The ​venturecapitalfund 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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