seed ( seeds plural & 3rd person present) ( seeding present participle) ( seeded past tense & past participle )
1 n-var A seed is the small, hard part of a plant from which a new plant grows.
I sow the seed in pots of soil-based compost., ...sunflower seeds.
2 verb If you seed a piece of land, you plant seeds in it.
Men mowed the wide lawns and seeded them... V n
The primroses should begin to seed themselves down the steep hillside. V pron-refl
...his newly seeded lawns. V-ed
3 n-plural You can refer to the seeds 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 N of n
He raised questions meant to plant seeds of doubts in the minds of jurors...
4 n-count In sports such as tennis or badminton, a seed is a player who has been ranked according to his or her ability.
usu supp N, oft ord/num N
...Pete Sampras, Wimbledon's top seed and the world No.1...
5 verb When a player or a team is seeded in a sports competition, they are ranked according to their ability.
In the UEFA Cup the top 16 sides are seeded for the first round... be V-ed adv/prep
He is seeded second, behind Brad Beven... V-ed ord
The top four seeded nations are through to the semi-finals. V-ed
6 If vegetable plants go to seed or run to seed, they produce flowers and seeds as well as leaves.
go to seed/run to seed phrase V inflects
If unused, winter radishes run to seed in spring.
7 If you say that someone or something has gone to seed or has run to seed, you mean that they have become much less attractive, healthy, or efficient.
go to seed/run to seed phrase V inflects He was a big man in his forties; once he had a lot of muscle but now he was running to seed.
Seed capital is an amount of money that a new company needs to pay for the costs of producing a business plan so that they can raise further capital to develop the company. (BUSINESS) n-uncount
I am negotiating with financiers to raise seed capital for my latest venture.
Seed corn is money that businesses spend at the beginning of a project in the hope that it will eventually produce profits.
(mainly BRIT, BUSINESS) n-uncount
The scheme offers seed corn finance with loans at only 4% interest.
Seed money is money that is given to someone to help them start a new business or project. (BUSINESS) n-uncount