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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
born and bred
▪ Meyer's a Texan, born and bred.
▪ David MacKinlay was a Lewisach born and bred, educated at Stornoway who made good in the outside world.
▪ He had been born and bred on the river, but had never seen anything like it before.
▪ He was a Cambridge man born and bred.
▪ I must say this openly: d'Aubigny I liked immediately, a gentleman born and bred, a true courtier like myself.
▪ I was born and bred and grew up in Rossendale Valley and left at the age of 27.
▪ Mr Waigel is a Bavarian born and bred who has little love for Bonn but none at all for the former Prussian capital.
▪ Mum Ann, east Belfast born and bred, is hoping her boy helps the Glens to victory.
▪ They were an ordinary family, all born and bred locally, but their relationship with Alexander was both friendly and relaxed.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bred \Bred\, imp. & p. p. of Breed. Bred out, degenerated. ``The strain of man's bred out into baboon and monkey.'' --Shak. Bred to arms. See under Arms. Well bred.

  1. Of a good family; having a good pedigree. ``A gentleman well bred and of good name.''
    --Shak. [Obs., except as applied to domestic animals.]

  2. Well brought up, as shown in having good manners; cultivated; refined; polite.


Breed \Breed\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bred; p. pr. & vb. n. Breeding.] [OE. breden, AS. br[=e]dan to nourish, cherish, keep warm, from br[=o]d brood; akin to D. broeden to brood, OHG. bruoten, G. br["u]ten. See Brood.]

  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.

    If the sun breed maggots in a dead dog.

  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.

    Born and bred on the verge of the wilderness.

  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.

  4. To engender; to cause; to occasion; to originate; to produce; as, to breed a storm; to breed disease.

    Lest the place And my quaint habits breed astonishment.

  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. [Obs.]

    Children would breed their teeth with less danger.

    Syn: To engender; generate; beget; produce; hatch; originate; bring up; nourish; train; instruct.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

past tense and past participle of breed (v.).


vb. (en-past of: breed)

  1. n. a special lineage; "a breed of Americans"

  2. 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" [syn: strain, stock]

  3. half-caste offspring of parents of different races (especially of white and Indian parents) [syn: half-breed]

  4. a lineage or race of people [syn: strain]

  5. v. call forth [syn: engender, spawn]

  6. copulate with a female, used especially of horses; "The horse covers the mare" [syn: cover]

  7. of plants or animals; "She breeds dogs"

  8. have young (animals); "pandas rarely breed in captivity" [syn: multiply]

  9. [also: bred]


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Usage examples of "bred".

He recalled in his affidavit some of these reports of conditions in eight camps inhabited by Russian and Polish workers : overcrowding that bred disease, lack of enough food to keep a man alive, lack of water, lack of toilets.

Because they travelled around, and had many different pupils, in differing circumstances, the sophists became adept at arguing different points of view, and in time this bred a scepticism about their approach.

It was only when some axolotls in captivity in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris bred, and their young lost their gills, becoming the well-known tiger salamander, that their secret was revealed.

He then bade Liebgart a tender farewell, telling her that if he did not return she must marry none but the man who wore his ring, and sallied forth to deliver his people from the ravenous monsters whom he had thoughtlessly allowed to be bred in their midst.

With bred, bief, beire, and fish, The passengers prepare themselves, That they might have their wish.

In my country, in Spain, in France, also in Germany, men, even those calling themselves well bred, are often caddish enough to make coarse sexual jokes toward comparative strangers and to assume a freer tone when no women are present.

Some courtiers carried their pet cats on their arms: highly bred miniature lynxes, caracals, and ocelots, trained to sit demurely at plateside and daintily share the feast.

The cloacal climate would have been affliction enough, but it bred various other torments, chief among them the jungle vermin.

By the time he reached Coft Castle the bitterness that had been welling in him since his interview with the Bursar had bred in him an indifference to etiquette.

Her cuspids were but little larger than those of her treecat cousins, and although her mindspeak was perfectly adequate for the military purposes to which she had been bred and trained, it was nowhere near as powerful or as far-ranging as was that of the purebred male prairiecat.

Gerald Donachie, whose dour Scots blood had been but imperfectly tempered by the fact that he had been born and bred in Chicago, and Mahmoud Ali Daud, the grave, dark Arab from Damascus.

When her butterfly showed him an eaglet born, For preying too heedlessly bred, What a heart clapped in thee then!

Simply because Comstock is but the loud expression of the Puritanism bred in the Anglo-Saxon blood, and from whose thraldom even liberals have not succeeded in fully emancipating themselves.

Leave behind the expat, extramarital, almost-incestuous affairs bred from heat and boredom and drink.

White Raiders were taller and longer-limbed than those bred in the Realm of Darwath and, from foraging on the scant saltbush and wiregrass of the desert, they were narrow-built and of prominent vertebrae.