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. 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)
Origin: oe. Breden, as. Bredan to nourish, cherish, keep warm, from brod brood; akin to D. Broeden to brood, OHG. Bruoten, g. Bruten. See brood. A lineage or race of people.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.