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breed vb. (sense 1 is peculiar to S.)
1. “bred out,” exhausted, degenerated H5 III. v. 29 “Our mettle is bred out,” Tim. I. i. 259 “The strain of man's bred out Into baboon and monkey.”
2. to keep, support Wint. III. iii. 47 “Which may . . . breed thee” (=may suffice to bring thee up), Lr. IV. ii. 73 “A servant that he bred,” Cym. II. iii, 119 “One bred of alms,” Sonn. cxii. 13* “in my purpose bred” (a) kept in my thoughts, (b) intimately bound up with my life-purpose.
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (3):
    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 4.2
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, 3.5
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, cxii
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