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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 breed /ˈbrid/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 breed /ˈbrɪd/ 動詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Breed, v. i.
 1. To bear and nourish young; to reproduce or multiply itself; to be pregnant.
    That they breed abundantly in the earth.   --Gen. viii. 17.
    The mother had never bred before.   --Carpenter.
 Ant. Is your gold and silver ewes and rams?
 Shy. I can not tell. I make it breed as fast.   --Shak.
 2. To be formed in the parent or dam; to be generated, or to grow, as young before birth.
 3. To have birth; to be produced or multiplied.
 Heavens rain grace
 On that which breeds between them.   --Shak.
 4. To raise a breed; to get progeny.
    The kind of animal which you wish to breed from.   --Gardner.
 To breed in and in, to breed from animals of the same stock that are closely related.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Breed, n.
 1. A race or variety of men or other animals (or of plants), perpetuating its special or distinctive characteristics by inheritance.
    Twice fifteen thousand hearts of England's breed.   --Shak.
    Greyhounds of the best breed.   --Carpenter.
 2. Class; sort; kind; -- of men, things, or qualities.
    Are these the breed of wits so wondered at?   --Shak.
    This courtesy is not of the right breed.   --Shak.
 3. A number produced at once; a brood. [Obs.]
 Note:Breed is usually applied to domestic animals; species or variety to wild animals and to plants; and race to men.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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"
         [syn: multiply]
      [also: bred]