(Irregular preterit, past participle: bred).
1. To copulate with a female, used esp. of horses; SYN. cover.
2. To have young; used of animals; derogatory when used for people; SYN. multiply.
3. Said of plants or animals: to cause to have young, usually with attention to the genetic strains.
1. To treat with tenderness and affection; to nurture with care; to protect and aid.
2. To hold dear; to embrace with interest; to indulge; to encourage; to foster; to promote.
1. To foster the growth of.
2. To prepare for crops, of soil; SYN. crop, work.
1. To give an education to.
2. To train to be discriminative; as of taste or judgment; SYN. school, train, cultivate, civilize.
1. To provide entertainment for.
2. To take into consideration, have in view; SYN. think of, turn to, toy with, flirt with, think about.
1. To nurse to life or activity; to cherish and promote by excitements.
2. To encourage; to abet; to instigate; used often to refer to political insurrection.
(Irregular preterit, past participle: grew, grown).
1. To become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain.
2. To increase in size by natural process; of living matter, such as plants and animals.
3. To cause to grow or develop.
4. To come to have, of physical features and attributes; The patient developed abdominal pain; SYN. develop, produce, get, acquire.
5. To cultivate by growing; often involves improvements by means of agricultural techniques; SYN. raise, farm, produce.
6. To become attached by or as if by the process of growth.
To provide with nourishment; SYN. nurture, sustain.
1. To serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people.
2. To treat carefully
3. To try to cure by special care of treatment, of an illness or injury
1. To feed; to nourish.
2. To educate; to train or cultivate.
ETYM See Rear (n.).
1. To rise up on one's hind legs (said of quadrupeds); SYN. rise up.
2. To bring up; SYN. raise, bring up, nurture, parent.
3. To cause to rise up; SYN. erect.