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Definition of 'seed'


  1. a small hard fruit
  2. a mature fertilized plant ovule consisting of an embryo and its food source and having a protective coat or testa
  3. one of the outstanding players in a tournament
       Synonyms: seeded player
  4. anything that provides inspiration for later work
       Synonyms: source germ


  1. go to seed; shed seeds; "The dandelions went to seed"
  2. help (an enterprise) in its early stages of development by providing seed money
  3. bear seeds
  4. place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth; "She sowed sunflower seeds"
       Synonyms: sow sough
  5. distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
  6. sprinkle with silver iodide particles to disperse and cause rain; "seed clouds"
  7. inoculate with microorganisms
  8. remove the seeds from; "seed grapes"

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