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.
1. The act or process of generating or bearing.
2. The raising or improving of any kind of domestic animals; as, farmers should pay attention to breeding.
3. Nurture; education; formation of manners.
She had her breeding at my father's charge. --Shak.
4. Deportment or behavior in the external offices and decorums of social life; manners; knowledge of, or training in, the ceremonies, or polite observances of society.
Delicacy of breeding, or that polite deference and respect which civility obliges us either to express or counterfeit towards the persons with whom we converse. --Hume.
5. Descent; pedigree; extraction. [Obs.]
Honest gentlemen, I know not your breeding. --Shak.
Close breeding, In and in breeding, breeding from a male and female from the same parentage.
Cross breeding, breeding from a male and female of different lineage.
Good breeding, politeness; genteel deportment.
Syn: -- Education; instruction; nurture; training; manners. See Education.
adj : producing offspring or set aside especially for producing
offspring; "the breeding population"; "retained a few
bulls for breeding purposes"
n 1: elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression
[syn: genteelness, gentility]
2: the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of
correct social behavior); "a woman of breeding and
refinement" [syn: education, training]
3: raising someone to be an accepted member of the community;
"they debated whether nature or nurture was more
important" [syn: bringing up, fostering, fosterage,
nurture, raising, rearing, upbringing]
4: the production of animals or plants by inbreeding or
5: the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring
[syn: reproduction, procreation, facts of life]