To produce as offspring; to bring forth; to bear; to procreate; to generate; to beget; to hatch.
- To produce (offspring); give birth to or hatch.
- To bring about; engender: "Admission of guilt tends to breed public sympathy” ( Jonathan Alter).
- To cause to reproduce, especially by controlled mating and selection: breed cattle.
- To develop new or improved strains in (organisms), chiefly through controlled mating and selection of offspring for desirable traits.
- To inseminate or impregnate; mate with.
- To rear or train; bring up: a writer who was bred in a seafaring culture.
- To be the place of origin of: Austria breeds great skiers.
- To produce (fissionable material) in a breeder reactor.
- To produce offspring.
- To copulate; mate.
- To originate and develop: Mischief breeds in bored minds.
- A group of organisms having common ancestors and certain distinguishable characteristics, especially a group within a species developed by artificial selection and maintained by controlled propagation.
- A kind; a sort: a new breed of politician; a new breed of computer.
- Offensive A person of mixed racial descent; a half-breed.
- a scab Regional To stir up trouble for oneself.
- breed up a storm New England To become cloudy.