Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
brēdanto nourish, cherish, keep warm, from
brōdbrood; akin to D.
broedento brood, OHG.
To produce as offspring; to bring forth; to bear; to procreate; to generate; to beget; to hatch.
Yet every mother
breedsnot sons alike.
If the sun
breedmaggots in a dead dog.
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
bredon the verge of the wilderness.
To educate; to instruct; to form by education; to train; – sometimes followed by up.
But no care was taken to
breedhim a Protestant.
His farm may not remove his children too far from him, or the trade he
breedsthem up in.
To engender; to cause; to occasion; to originate; to produce;
breeda storm; to
Lest the place
And my quaint habits
And my quaint habits
To give birth to; to be the native place of;
as, a pond.
breedsfish; a northern country
To raise, as any kind of stock.
To produce or obtain by any natural process.
breedtheir teeth with less danger.
Syn. – To engender; generate; beget; produce; hatch; originate; bring up; nourish; train; instruct.
To bear and nourish young; to reproduce or multiply itself; to be pregnant.
breedabundantly in the earth.
Gen. viii. 17.
The mother had never
Ant. Is your gold and silver ewes and rams?
Shy. I can not tell. I make it
To be formed in the parent or dam; to be generated, or to grow, as young before birth.
To have birth; to be produced or multiplied.
Heavens rain grace
On that which
On that which
To raise a breed; to get progeny.
The kind of animal which you wish to
To breed in and in,
to breed from animals of the same stock that are closely related.
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
Greyhounds of the best
Class; sort; kind; – of men, things, or qualities.
Are these the
breedof wits so wondered at?
This courtesy is not of the right
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.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To generate; to engender; to hatch; to produce the young of any species of animals. I think it is never used of plants, and in animals is always applied to the mother or dam.
2.To produce within or upon the body; as, to breed teeth; to breed worms.
3.To cause; to occasion; to produce; to originate.
Intemperance and lust breed infirmities.
Ambition breeds factions.
4.To contrive; to hatch; to produce by plotting.
Had he a heart and a brain to breed it in?
5.To give birth to; to be the native place of; as, a pond breeds fish; a northern country breeds a race of stout men.
6. To educate; to instruct; to form by education; often, but unnecessarily, followed by up; as, to breed a son to an occupation; a man bred at a university. To breed up is vulgar.
7.To bring up; to nurse and foster; to take care of in infancy, and through the age of youth; to provide for, train and conduct; to instruct the mind and form the manners in youth.
To bring thee forth with pain, with care to breed.
1.To be formed in the parent or dam; to be generated, or to grow, as young before birth; as,children or young breed in the matrix.
2.To have birth; to be produced; as, fish breed in rivers.
3.To be increased by a new production.
But could youth last and love still breed.
4.To raise a breed; as, to choose the best species of swine to breed from.
1.A cast; a kind; a race of men or other animals, which have an alliance by nativity, or some distinctive qualities in common; as a breed of men in a particular country; a breed of horses or sheep. Applied to men, it is not elegant. We use race.
2.Progeny; offspring; applied to other things than animals.
3.A number produced at once, a hatch; a brood; but for this, brood is generally used.