Bred imp. & p. p. of Breed.
Bred out, degenerated. “The strain of man's bred out into baboon and monkey.” --Shak.
Bred to arms. See under Arms.
Well bred. (a) Of a good family; having a good pedigree. “A gentleman well bred and of good name.” --Shak. [Obs., except as applied to domestic animals.] (b) Well brought up, as shown in having good manners; cultivated; refined; polite.
Breed v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bred p. pr. & vb. n. Breeding.]
1. To produce as offspring; to bring forth; to bear; to procreate; to generate; to beget; to hatch.
Yet every mother breeds not sons alike. --Shak.
If the sun breed maggots in a dead dog. --Shak.
2. To take care of in infancy, and through the age of youth; to bring up; to nurse and foster.
To bring thee forth with pain, with care to breed. --Dryden.
Born and bred on the verge of the wilderness. --Everett.
3. To educate; to instruct; to form by education; to train; -- sometimes followed by up.
But no care was taken to breed him a Protestant. --Bp. Burnet.
His farm may not remove his children too far from him, or the trade he breeds them up in. --Locke.
4. To engender; to cause; to occasion; to originate; to produce; as, to breed a storm; to breed disease.
Lest the place
And my quaint habits breed astonishment. --Milton.
5. To give birth to; to be the native place of; as, a pond breeds fish; a northern country breeds stout men.
6. To raise, as any kind of stock.
7. To produce or obtain by any natural process. [Obs.]
Children would breed their teeth with less danger. --Locke.
Syn: -- To engender; generate; beget; produce; hatch; originate; bring up; nourish; train; instruct.
n 1: a special lineage; "a breed of Americans"
2: a special variety of domesticated animals within a species;
"he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"; "he
created a new strain of sheep" [syn: strain, stock]
3: half-caste offspring of parents of different races
(especially of white and Indian parents) [syn: half-breed]
4: a lineage or race of people [syn: strain]
v 1: call forth [syn: engender, spawn]
2: copulate with a female, used especially of horses; "The
horse covers the mare" [syn: cover]
3: of plants or animals; "She breeds dogs"
4: have young (animals); "pandas rarely breed in captivity"