1. breeding, genteelness, gentility, elegance

usage: elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression

2. education, training, breeding, upbringing

usage: the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior); "a woman of breeding and refinement"

3. breeding, bringing up, fostering, fosterage, nurture, raising, rearing, upbringing, socialization, socialisation, acculturation, enculturation

usage: helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community; "they debated whether nature or nurture was more important"

4. breeding, production

usage: the production of animals or plants by inbreeding or hybridization

5. reproduction, procreation, breeding, facts of life, sexual activity, sexual practice, sex, sex activity

usage: the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring


1. engender, breed, spawn, cause, do, make

usage: call forth

2. breed, cover, copulate, mate, pair, couple

usage: copulate with a female, used especially of horses; "The horse covers the mare"

3. breed, produce, make, create

usage: cause to procreate (animals); "She breeds dogs"

4. breed, multiply, reproduce, procreate, multiply

usage: have young (animals) or reproduce (organisms); "pandas rarely breed in captivity"; "These bacteria reproduce"


1. breeding, fruitful (vs. unfruitful)

usage: producing offspring or set aside especially for producing offspring; "the breeding population"; "retained a few bulls for breeding purposes"

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