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From Teflpedia

Breed is an English verb meaning “To produce offspring sexually; to bear young.”

Breed is an ergative verb. If animals breed, they produce offspring. If a farmer breeds an animal, the farmer causes the animals to breed.

Breed is an irregular lexical verb; it has the base form breed, the third person form breeds but an irregular preterite and past participle bred /bred/.

Note that this pattern is the same as bleed, feed, the pronunciation pattern is also similar to lead (“cause to follow”) and read.

Bred /bred/ is a homophone with the noun bread.