pro·​duce | \ prə-ˈdüs How to pronounce produce (audio) , prō-, -ˈdyüs \
produced; producing

Essential Meaning of produce

1 : to make (something) especially by using machines The factory produces [=manufactures] steel. Thousands of cars are produced here each year.
2 : to make or create (something) by a natural process The tree produces good fruit. Honey is produced by bees. twins produced from a single egg
3 : to cause (something) to exist or happen : to cause (a particular result or effect) The insect bite produced a rash. His suggestion produced the desired results.

Full Definition of produce

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to offer to view or notice
2 : to give birth or rise to : yield
3 : to extend in length, area, or volume produce a side of a triangle
4 : to make available for public exhibition or dissemination: such as
a : to provide funding for search for backers to produce the film
b : to oversee the making of will produce their new album
5a : to cause to have existence or to happen : bring about
b : to give being, form, or shape to : make especially : manufacture
6 : to compose, create, or bring out by intellectual or physical effort
7 : to cause to accrue

intransitive verb

: to bear, make, or yield something


pro·​duce | \ ˈprō-(ˌ)düs How to pronounce produce (audio) also ˈprä- How to pronounce produce (audio) , -(ˌ)dyüs \

Definition of produce (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : something produced
b : the amount produced : yield
2 : agricultural products and especially fresh fruits and vegetables as distinguished from grain and other staple crops
3 : the progeny usually of a female animal

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Other Words from produce


producible \ prə-​ˈdü-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce produce (audio) , prō-​ , -​ˈdyü-​ \ adjective

Examples of produce in a Sentence

Verb Thousands of cars are produced here each year. The tree produces good fruit. Honey is produced by bees. twins produced from a single egg The insect bite produced a rash. His suggestion produced the desired results. The region produces large amounts of cotton and tobacco. The college has produced some well-known scientists. Noun a book that was the produce of a lifetime of study on the subject
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Red Bull Racing will work with Honda IP in 2022, but in 2023, Red Bull Powertrains will produce the team's engines. Joseph Wolkin, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 Lionsgate Television will produce the prequel as a three-night special-event TV series for Starz. Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, 19 Oct. 2021 The solar farm’s first phase is expected become operational by mid-2023 and will produce 400 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 75,000 households, according to the company. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2021 Under the terms of the pact, each company will produce direct-to-platform Spanish-language pics to stream exclusively on Pantaya in the U.S. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 19 Oct. 2021 Ford's Blue Oval City will produce batteries and electric vehicles in Tennessee, with a separate facility in Kentucky, and its Ion Park will develop batteries in Michigan. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, 18 Oct. 2021 If everything goes according to plan, your pumpkin plant will produce lots of yellow flowers. Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2021 Skipjack Wind 1, which the company expects to complete by mid-2026, will produce enough electricity to power 40,000 homes in the region. Lorraine Mirabella,, 14 Oct. 2021 In other models, the same engine will produce 389 hp and 479 pound-feet of torque. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 12 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kelly Wilfert, whose family owns Wilfert Farms in Two Rivers, said that without a hunt, the birds could ruin the family's livelihood growing produce both for canning and for fresh sales. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Oct. 2021 The Food to Families program was created by the Department of Agriculture in the early days of the pandemic to give away produce that might have otherwise gone to waste as a result of disruptions in distribution chains. Bianca Fortis, ProPublica, 19 Oct. 2021 Agua Bonita’s no sugar added still beverages use imperfect or excess produce as a natural sweetener. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 18 Oct. 2021 And indeed, Winston is onboard to exec-produce Adele One Night Only for CBS via his Fulwell 73 Productions banner alongside Adele, her manager Jonathan Dickins, and Raj Kapoor. Josef Adalian, Vulture, 18 Oct. 2021 The ranch’s five restaurants source local produce from its fruit and vegetable farms as well as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its vineyard. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 15 Oct. 2021 Crops can be damaged if they are planted or harvested late, and the insurance provided by the Agriculture Department requires that seeds are put in the ground and produce is pulled by a particular date to be fully insured. NBC News, 14 Oct. 2021 Since 2019, the Central Florida Foundation has awarded $25,000 to help start 19 community projects, including diversity training for businesses, growing produce for cancer patients and creating support services for trauma survivors. Kate Santich,, 13 Oct. 2021 Central Market in Texas still went all-in, and three stores owned by the chain now have their own proprietary Smallhold minifarms installed so shoppers can watch mushrooms grow while picking produce. Chloe Sorvino, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of produce


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for produce


Middle English (Scots), from Latin producere, from pro- forward + ducere to lead — more at tow entry 1

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“Produce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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pro·​duce | \ prə-ˈdüs How to pronounce produce (audio) , -ˈdyüs \
produced; producing

Kids Definition of produce

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to bring forth : yield This tree produces good fruit. A trumpet … player can produce all the notes of the musical scale.— E. B. White, The Trumpet of the Swan
2 : manufacture entry 1 sense 1 This city produces steel.
3 : to bring to view : exhibit Can you produce evidence to support your claim?
4 : to prepare (as a play) for public presentation


pro·​duce | \ ˈprä-ˌdüs How to pronounce produce (audio) , ˈprō-, -ˌdyüs \

Kids Definition of produce (Entry 2 of 2)

: fresh fruits and vegetables

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