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 According to the recent recall notice, the contaminated chicken was produced between Oct. 21 and Nov. 4 and shipped to retailers in in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "What's the worst that can happen if I eat recalled chicken?," 9 Nov. 2019 The raw ground beef items were produced from Oct. 3, 2019 through Oct. 15, 2019. Tom Mcghee, The Denver Post, "USDA recalls ground beef shipped to Colorado that may contain plastic," 8 Nov. 2019 Most are produced by adolescents, with easy-to-use editing tools. The Economist, "TikTok’s silly clips raise some serious questions," 7 Nov. 2019 The crosses are produced by the Poppy Factory, of which Camilla is a patron. Joelle Goldstein,, "Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall Forced to Miss Library Gala Dinner After Contracting Chest Infection," 6 Nov. 2019 Then there's Truly, which is produced by Boston Beer (SAM). Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Bud Light Seltzer is coming out with hard seltzer," 6 Nov. 2019 The festival is produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Hannah Herrera Greenspan,, "Chicago announces dates for 2020 festivals, including Taste of Chicago and special events for the Year of Chicago Music," 6 Nov. 2019 The Invisible Man is produced by Jason Blum and Kylie du Fresne. Clark Collis,, "First look at Elisabeth Moss in horror-thriller The Invisible Man," 6 Nov. 2019 In its portfolio, the company lists multiple commercials that it's recently produced, including one for Vodafone, the British telecommunications conglomerate, Samsung, and other corporations. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "James Dean, Dead for 64 Years, to Be Not Dead in New Movie," 6 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fresh produce When possible, BJ's will source local produce. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "10 things we learned about the new BJ's Wholesale Club on our sneak peek visit," 1 Nov. 2019 The store — offering groceries, organic produce, vitamins and supplements at 1035 Academy Drive — is set to close Wednesday. Austin Fuller,, "Hoover’s Market in Altamonte Springs to close," 28 Oct. 2019 Can Princeton's offense produce points against a stingy Firebirds defense that has allowed just 13 points in the last three weeks combined? Shelby Dermer,, "High school football: Week 9 Ohio, Northern Kentucky games to watch, predictions," 24 Oct. 2019 Under the deal China will buy more American agricultural produce, toughen protections for intellectual property and provide more access to its financial-services market, enough concessions to stop America raising tariffs on $250bn-worth of exports. The Economist, "Business this week," 17 Oct. 2019 On one hand, all that bounty, all that clean bright produce, the bounteous shelves. James Lileks, National Review, "This Soup for You," 7 Nov. 2019 Local farmers’ seasonal produce, free-range meats, pastries, eggs, honey, maple syrup, tea and coffee, artisan breads and more will be featured. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Fairview Park Winterfest kicks off holiday season Nov. 29: A Place in the Sun," 6 Nov. 2019 Hunt and Reiser executive produce alongside Brian Volk-Weiss, Michael Pelmont and Matthew Ochacher. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Carol Burnett Will Reprise Her Mad About You Guest Role in Upcoming Reboot," 4 Nov. 2019 In sleek black stainless, this 48-inch-wide built-in option has tons of storage room, plus a produce preserver and PrintShield finish to keep fingerprint smudges at bay. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "Which Fridge Style Is Right For You?," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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12 Nov 2019

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

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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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