pro·duce | \ prə-ˈdüs , 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 | \ ˈprä-(ˌ)düs , ˈprō- also -(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, prō-, -ˈdyü- \ adjective

Examples of produce in a Sentence


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.


a book that was the produce of a lifetime of study on the subject
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Johnson's longtime collaborator, Beau Flynn, produced the pic alongside Seven Bucks partners Hiram Garcia, Dany Garcia, Wendy Jacobson, Eric McLeod, and Eric Hedayat. Erin Nyren,, "'Hotel Transylvania 3' sailing to $40 million-plus debut, 'Skyscraper' to disappoint," 14 July 2018 To his point, the program highlights of 2017 division winners produces nary a name worthy of a sideways glance. Bryce Miller,, "Cover your ears: Over-the-Line evolves, but the raunchy team names remain," 14 July 2018 The new breed of journalists has produced some impressive scoops. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 Brad Pitt's Plan B exec produces the series, which landed at Starz following a multiple-network bidding war. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sweetbitter' Renewed for Season 2 at Starz," 13 July 2018 The company, Vinyltech Corporation, produces water and sewer main PVC pipe products. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Man caught in hydraulic machine in critical condition," 13 July 2018 In response to an initial records request by Lueders, Krug had produced more than 1,500 pages of records related to state policies on water. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Groups ask judges to tell Wisconsin lawmaker to provide electronic copies of public records," 13 July 2018 Former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore indicated that he was also duped by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who is producing a new series with Showtime. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 Previous talc trials have produced verdicts as large as $417 million. NBC News, "Johnson & Johnson told to pay $4.7 billion in baby powder case," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Adults will appreciate the spacious spas and the multiple dining venues, where seasonal and local produce is an emphasis. New York Times, "Looking for a Weekend Escape? Here Are 5 Family-Friendly Options," 6 July 2018 Lil Dicky to Star in New Comedy Series for FX The Philadelphia rapper, whose real name is Dave Burd, will also executive produce the music for the show. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Braun Enterprises takes redevelopment formula to San Antonio with latest purchase," 26 June 2018 Already in short supply, produce is all but off-limits to the homeless in Hartford, Dudzik said. Matthew Ormseth,, "A Planter On Every Corner: Whole Foods and Charter Oak To Sprout Fruits and Vegetables Throughout Hartford," 14 June 2018 In late June, summer produce is exceptionally abundant – think ripe Apache apricots, juicy Seascape strawberries, and luscious herbs. San Francisco Chronicle, "Hands-On Farmers Market Cocktail Class with El Tesoro Tequila," 13 June 2018 In California, where many types of summer produce grow year-round and new strains of weed are hyped as heavily as Supreme drops, the intersection of food and cannabis is at its apex. Marian Bull, GQ, "Stoner Food Has Gotten Fully Baked," 7 June 2018 Local, seasonal produce cooked over a wood fire, is the heart of this spot. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "Time Out Market's latest additions are a who's who of Miami's chefs. Take a look. | Miami Herald," 21 May 2018 While some farm work is being mechanized, most produce is still hand-picked. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Exporting Jobs Instead of Food," 17 May 2018 Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon will executive produce and star in a Hulu limited series based on Celeste Ng's 2017 novel Little Fires Everywhere. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon to Adapt Little Fires Everywhere for Hulu," 13 Mar. 2018

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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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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)



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

: fresh fruits and vegetables


pro·duce | \ prə-ˈdüs , -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 , ˈprō- , -ˌdyüs \

Kids Definition of produce (Entry 2 of 2)

: fresh fruits and vegetables

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