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 for breeding
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              Yet every mother breeds not sons alike. --Shak.
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              If the sun breed maggots in a dead dog. --Shak.
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     2. To take care of in infancy, and through the age of youth;
        to bring up; to nurse and foster.
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              To bring thee forth with pain, with care to breed.
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              Born and bred on the verge of the wilderness.
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     3. To educate; to instruct; to form by education; to train;
        -- sometimes followed by up.
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              But no care was taken to breed him a Protestant.
                                                    --Bp. Burnet.
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              His farm may not remove his children too far from
              him, or the trade he breeds them up in. --Locke.
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     4. To engender; to cause; to occasion; to originate; to
        produce; as, to breed a storm; to breed disease.
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              Lest the place
              And my quaint habits breed astonishment. --Milton.
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     5. To give birth to; to be the native place of; as, a pond
        breeds fish; a northern country breeds stout men.
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     6. To raise, as any kind of stock.
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     7. To produce or obtain by any natural process. [Obs.]
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              Children would breed their teeth with less danger.
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     Syn: To engender; generate; beget; produce; hatch; originate;
          bring up; nourish; train; instruct.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Breeding \Breed"ing\, n.
     1. The act or process of generating or bearing.
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     2. The raising or improving of any kind of domestic animals;
        as, farmers should pay attention to breeding.
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     3. Nurture; education; formation of manners.
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              She had her breeding at my father's charge. --Shak.
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     4. Deportment or behavior in the external offices and
        decorums of social life; manners; knowledge of, or
        training in, the ceremonies, or polite observances of
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              Delicacy of breeding, or that polite deference and
              respect which civility obliges us either to express
              or counterfeit towards the persons with whom we
              converse.                             --Hume.
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     5. Descent; pedigree; extraction. [Obs.]
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              Honest gentlemen, I know not your breeding. --Shak.
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     Close breeding, In and in breeding, breeding from a male
        and female from the same parentage.
     Cross breeding, breeding from a male and female of
        different lineage.
     Good breeding, politeness; genteel deportment.
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     Syn: Education; instruction; nurture; training; manners. See
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: producing offspring or set aside especially for producing
             offspring; "the breeding population"; "retained a few
             bulls for breeding purposes"
      n 1: elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression
           [syn: breeding, genteelness, gentility]
      2: the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of
         correct social behavior); "a woman of breeding and
         refinement" [syn: education, training, breeding]
      3: helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the
         community; "they debated whether nature or nurture was more
         important" [syn: breeding, bringing up, fostering,
         fosterage, nurture, raising, rearing, upbringing]
      4: the production of animals or plants by inbreeding or
      5: the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring [syn:
         reproduction, procreation, breeding, facts of life]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  115 Moby Thesaurus words for "breeding":
     alpha decay, animal husbandry, animal rearing, apprenticeship,
     atom-chipping, atom-smashing, atomic disintegration,
     atomic reaction, atomization, basic training, bee culture,
     beekeeping, begetting, beta decay, bombardment, breaking, bullet,
     cattle-ranching, chain reaction, chicken-farming, civility,
     cleavage, conditioning, courtesy, crossbreeding, cultivation,
     culture, dairy-farming, development, discipline,
     disintegration series, dissociation, dissogeny, dressage, drill,
     drilling, elegance, endogamy, engenderment, exchange reaction,
     exercise, fetching-up, fission, fission reaction, fostering,
     gamma decay, generation, genteelness, gentility, gentlemanlikeness,
     gentlemanliness, gentleness, gnotobiotics, good behavior,
     good breeding, good manners, grace, grazing, grooming, herding,
     horse training, horsemanship, housebreaking, improvement,
     in-service training, inbreeding, ionization, ladylikeness,
     linebreeding, manual training, military training, mink-ranching,
     multiplication, neutron reaction, nonreversible reaction,
     nuclear fission, nucleization, nurture, nurturing,
     on-the-job training, outbreeding, photodisintegration, pig-keeping,
     polish, politeness, politesse, practice, preparation, procreation,
     proliferation, propagation, proton gun, proton reaction, raising,
     readying, rearing, refinement, rehearsal, reversible reaction,
     sheepherding, sloyd, splitting the atom, stimulation,
     stock raising, stockbreeding, target, thermonuclear reaction,
     thremmatology, training, upbringing, vocational education,
     vocational training, xenogamy, zootechnics, zootechny

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