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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Breed  \Breed\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Bred};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Breeding}.]  [OE.  breden,  AS  br[=e]dan  to  nourish,  cherish, 
  keep  warm,  from  br[=o]d  brood;  akin  to  D.  broeden  to  brood, 
  OHG.  bruoten,  G.  br["u]ten.  See  {Brood}.] 
  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)  [web1913]: 
 
  Breed  \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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Breed  \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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  breed 
  n  1:  a  special  lineage;  "a  breed  of  Americans" 
  2:  a  special  kind  of  domesticated  animals  within  a  species;  "he 
  experimented  on  a  particular  breed  of  white  rats";  "he 
  created  a  new  variety  of  sheep"  [syn:  {strain},  {stock},  {variety}] 
  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  esp.  of  horses;  "The  horse 
  covers  the  mare"  [syn:  {cover}] 
  3:  of  plants  or  animals;  "She  breeds  dogs" 
  4:  have  young;  used  of  animals;  derogatory  when  used  for  people 
  [syn:  {multiply}] 




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