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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.

breed is usually applied to domestic animals; species or variety to wild animals and to plants; and race to men.

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 a40 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. Children would breed their teeth with less danger. (Locke)

Synonym: to engender, generate, beget, produce, hatch, originate, bring up, nourish, train, instruct.

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.

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