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Definition of breed:

  1. A number produced at once; a brood.
  2. A race or variety of men or other animals ( or of plants), perpetuating its special or distinctive characteristics by inheritance.
  3. Class; sort; kind; - of men, things, or qualities.
  4. To be formed in the parent or dam; to be generated, or to grow, as young before birth.
  5. To bear and nourish young; to reproduce or multiply itself; to be pregnant.
  6. To educate; to instruct; to form by education; to train; - sometimes followed by up.
  7. To engender; to cause; to occasion; to originate; to produce; as, to breed a storm; to breed disease.
  8. To give birth to; to be the native place of; as, a pond breeds fish; a northern country breeds stout men.
  9. To have birth; to be produced or multiplied.
  10. To produce as offspring; to bring forth; to bear; to procreate; to generate; to beget; to hatch.
  11. To produce or obtain by any natural process.
  12. To raise a breed; to get progeny.
  13. To raise, as any kind of stock.
  14. To take care of in infancy, and through the age of youth; to bring up; to nurse and foster.

Synonyms:

broth, description, cut through, melody, father, embrace, nisus, deal, striving, treat, incubate, get across, stemma, stock certificate, variant, group, bloodline, farm animal, melodic line, brood, care for, caudex, inventory, kin, proliferate, manner, store, gillyflower, hatch, overcompensate, underwrite, blood, manifold, gunstock, get over, traverse, mother, fund, parent, multiply, lot, get, cover, spread over, compensate, var., tenor, overlay, hide, mental strain, plow, cross, parentage, blood line, address, report, nervous strain, insure, extend, enshroud, nature, produce, grow, pass over, originate, cover up, shroud, encompass, wrap up, handle, reproduce, reproduction, neckcloth, stress, air, song, line of descent, strain, half-breed, straining, spawn, cut across, sire, comprehend, engender, livestock, stock, continue, cast, raise, bring forth, melodic phrase, pains, track, variety, increase, tune, cultivate, origin, create.

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