UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbriːdɪŋ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈbridɪŋ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(brēding)

From the verb breed: (⇒ conjugate)
breeding is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. at the breeding sites (of)
  2. on the breeding grounds (of)
  3. on a breeding farm
  4. in the breeding facilities
  5. during (the) breeding season
  6. a (captive) breeding program (for)
  7. the breeding population (of)
  8. conduct breeding research
  9. is a breeding ground for [talent, scientists, unrest, ulcers]
  10. a breeding [animal, pig, sow, mare, cow]
  11. a [dog, horse] breeding [license, business, farm]
n as adj
  1. [livestock, cattle, dogs] for breeding purposes
  2. is a breeding ground for [deceit, betrayal]
  3. the breeding population (of)
  4. [quality, good, desired] breeding stock
WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. breed like rabbits
  2. breed in the wild
  3. they [don't, won't] breed in captivity
  4. breed [rare, exotic, tropical] animals
  5. breed [dogs, puppies, livestock]
  6. breed [an animal] in captivity
  7. breed [hostile feelings, hostility]
  8. familiarity breeds contempt
  9. ignorance breeds suspicion
n as adj
  1. breed-specific [problems, illnesses]
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