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English noun: breed

1. breed (group) a special variety of domesticated animals within a species


SamplesHe experimented on a particular breed of white rats.
He created a new strain of sheep.


Synonymsstock, strain


Broader (hypernym)animal group, variety


Narrower (hyponym)bloodstock, pedigree


Member meronymspecies

2. breed (cognition) a special type


SamplesGoogle represents a new breed of entrepreneurs.


Broader (hypernym)type


English verb: breed

1. breed (creation) call forth


Synonymsengender, spawn


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cause, do, make

2. breed (contact) copulate with a female, used especially of horses


SamplesThe horse covers the mare.


Synonymscover


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)copulate, couple, mate, pair


Verb groupbrood, cover, hatch, incubate


Domain categoryanimal husbandry

3. breed (contact) cause to procreate (animals)


SamplesShe breeds dogs.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)create, make, produce


Narrower (hyponym)cross, crossbreed, hybridise, hybridize, interbreed, mongrelise, mongrelize

4. breed (body) have young (animals) or reproduce (organisms)


SamplesPandas rarely breed in captivity.
These bacteria reproduce.


Synonymsmultiply


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)multiply, procreate, reproduce


Narrower (hyponym)pullulate









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