Meaning of SEED in English


(~s, ~ing, ~ed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


A ~ is the small, hard part of a plant from which a new plant grows.

I sow the ~ in pots of soil-based compost.

...sunflower ~s.



If you ~ a piece of land, you plant ~s in it.

Men mowed the wide lawns and ~ed them...

The primroses should begin to ~ themselves down the steep hillside.

...his newly ~ed lawns.

VERB: V n, V pron-refl, V-ed


You can refer to the ~s of something when you want to talk about the beginning of a feeling or process that gradually develops and becomes stronger or more important. (LITERARY)

He raised questions meant to plant ~s of doubts in the minds of jurors...

N-PLURAL: N of n


In sports such as tennis or badminton, a ~ is a player who has been ranked according to his or her ability.

...Pete Sampras, Wimbledon’s top ~ and the world No.1...

N-COUNT: usu supp N, oft ord/num N


When a player or a team is ~ed in a sports competition, they are ranked according to their ability.

In the UEFA Cup the top 16 sides are ~ed for the first round...

He is ~ed second, behind Brad Beven...

The top four ~ed nations are through to the semi-finals.

VERB: usu passive, be V-ed adv/prep, V-ed ord, V-ed


If vegetable plants go to ~ or run to ~, they produce flowers and ~s as well as leaves.

If unused, winter radishes run to ~ in spring.

PHRASE: V inflects


If you say that someone or something has gone to ~ or has run to ~, you mean that they have become much less attractive, healthy, or efficient.

He was a big man in his forties; once he had a lot of muscle but now he was running to ~.

PHRASE: V inflects

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