Past Tense of Breed: Breeded or Bred? (Pronunciation & Usage)

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Breed?

The past tense of breed is bred. This word is an irregular verb in the English language so you cannot add “ed” to the word to create its past form. Instead, you simply remove one letter “e” to do it (like meet past tense).

Because this word is an irregular verb, the past participle of breed is also “bred” (the same as its past form).

Simple Present I/You/We/They breed

He/She/It breeds

Present Progressive I am breeding

He/She/It is breeding

You/We/They are breeding

Simple Past I/You/He/She/It/We/They bred
Present Perfect I/You/We/They have bred

He/she/It has bred

Present Perfect Progressive I/You/We/They have been breeding

He/she/It has been breeding

Past Progressive We/You/They were breeding

I/He/She/It was breeding

Past Perfect I/You/We/They/He/She/It had bred
Past Perfect Progressive I/You/We/They/He/She/It had been breeding
Future I/You/We/They/He/She/It will breed
Future Progressive I/You/We/They/He/She/It will be breeding
Future Perfect I/You/We/They/He/She/It will have bred
Future Perfect Progressive I/You/We/They/He/She/It will have been breeding



So, how do you spell breed and bred?

Both these two words have only one syllable. Here are their official spelling:

Form of word



V1: breed /briːd/


V2: bred

/bred/ /bred/
V3: bred /bred/


Please refer to this link to learn how to pronounce “bred”:

Definition And How To Use Bred

This verb “breed” has 3 meanings as follows:

  • After animals breed, they will become the parents (mom or dad) of young animals.

Example: If a sheep breeds, its babies are called lambs.

  • To create a new animal or plant with particular traits.

Example: Our scientists have a plan to breed a new type of grapes, bringing higher efficiency and profits. 

  • To make negative or (sometimes) positive situations or feelings develop. 

Example: She breeds the scare.

Bred is the past form of the irregular verb breed. As a result, if you want to express an action or event that already happened, you should use “bred” instead of the bare verb.


  • The cow in my cousin’s farm bred 6 baby cows yesterday.
  • This elephant bred her babies in captivity, which caused its bad health.
  • Last year, we bred a new plant with watermelon and tomato characteristics.
  • Mary bred depression in her teammates while she showed her negative energy. 
  • The bear bred two cubs.

Practice Exercises

  1. It was a remarkable time when she traveled and …… his daughter in Paris.

A. Breeds

B. Have breed

C. Bred

D. Breds 

  1. Did this scientist ……. a new kind of strawberry to improve the efficiency last month?

A. Breds

B. Bread

C. Breed

D. Breaded

  1. Nancy …… her negative feelings all day because she failed her exams.

A. Breaded

B. Bred

C. Breed

D. Have bred

  1. Because Anna is good at hiding her emotions, she never …. bad feelings while working. 

A. Breed

B. Bred

C. Breds

D. Breeds

Answer keys:

  1. C
  2. C
  3. B
  4. D


Is Breeded A Word?

Breeded is not a word since the correct past tense of the verb “to breed” is “bred.”

Is Bread Past Tense Of Breed?

No. Bred is the only past and past participle form of “breed”.