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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.


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.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)multiply, procreate, reproduce

Narrower (hyponym)pullulate

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