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

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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producible \ prə-​ˈdü-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce producible (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 That's when the Earth has turned and faces directly into the stream of dust particles that produce the meteors. Anne Ryman, The Arizona Republic, "This year's Orionids meteor shower is coming up. Here's when to see it," 19 Oct. 2020 Hammacher Schlemmer offers digital camera binoculars for approximately $200 that can produce 8x images. Paul Stenquist, New York Times, "Get the Birds To Come To You," 17 Oct. 2020 One example that won’t produce maple tree sprouts from helicopters is the ‘Marmo’ maple (Acer x freemanii ‘Marmo’), which grows in USDA zones 3 through 8. oregonlive, "Squirrel feeding irks neighbor. Are there better ways? Ask an expert," 17 Oct. 2020 Unlike TVs, computers, or other electronics, stereos that produce lifelike audio haven't changed too much in a few decades. Parker Hall, Wired, "How to Build a Vintage Audio System That Will Last Forever," 15 Oct. 2020 When completed, the dam will be the 10th largest in the world and will have 13 turbines that could produce 5 gigawatts of electricity — 2½ times as much as Hoover Dam. Washington Post, "Africa’s largest dam powers dreams of prosperity in Ethiopia — and fears of hunger in Egypt," 15 Oct. 2020 According to the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, there are approximately 1,500 Danish fur farmers that produce nearly 19 million mink skins per year. Allen Kim, CNN, "More than 1 million mink will be killed to help contain a series of Covid-19 outbreaks on Danish farms," 13 Oct. 2020 Since Tesla’s credits and its customers’ deficits run in tandem, Tesla trades its CAFE and GHG credits on long-term contracts that produce more consistent, though in the past smaller, revenue than the inflow from lumpy ZEV sales. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "The next President will hold a lot of sway over Tesla’s biggest profit center," 11 Oct. 2020 There are several combinations of Trump and Biden each winning key Electoral College states that could produce a 269-269 tie. David Mark, Washington Examiner, "Pennsylvania House race could affect a post-Election Day fight for the presidency," 10 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wearing masks, the volunteers formed a chain and stacked boxes of produce, each weighing 18 pounds, at stations along the distribution line. Vincent T. Davis,, "AT&T sponsors drive-through food distribution event," 17 Oct. 2020 Grow vegetables and donate the produce to neighbors or a food bank. Juliana Labianca, Good Housekeeping, "101 Creative Community Service Ideas for Kids, Teens, and Adults," 9 Oct. 2020 Some sites offer three meals a day with additional distributions of fresh produce. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, Oct. 8," 8 Oct. 2020 All Walker has done since defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus arrived is produce. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts know they can rely on Anthony Walker, 'the heart and soul of this team'," 7 Oct. 2020 Farmers can work with The Farmlink Project, founded this year by university students, to donate surplus produce to food banks. Learn to compost at home. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "How to reduce food waste during the coronavirus pandemic," 29 Sep. 2020 Parents drove up in their cars to collect backpacks full of nonperishable food, boxes of produce, and milk. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, "Greater Cleveland Food Bank garners support from Giant Eagle in new initiative to feed families in need," 29 Sep. 2020 Planting, harvesting and packing produce typically put farmworkers in proximity with co-workers. Washington Post, "Virus’s unseen hot zone: The American farm," 24 Sep. 2020 The Rangers have also partnered with the North Texas Food Bank to donate fresh produce to West Dallas families. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, "Register to vote and pick up some fresh produce at this food drive Friday," 24 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of produce was in the 15th century

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22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Produce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of produce

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (something) especially by using machines
: to make or create (something) by a natural process
: to cause (something) to exist or happen : to cause (a particular result or effect)


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English Language Learners Definition of produce (Entry 2 of 2)

: fresh fruits and vegetables


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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