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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to bear, make, or yield something
prə-ˈdü-sə-bəl How to pronounce produce (audio)


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pro·​duce ˈprō-(ˌ)düs How to pronounce produce (audio)
ˈprä- How to pronounce produce (audio)
: something produced
: the amount produced : yield
: agricultural products and especially fresh fruits and vegetables as distinguished from grain and other staple crops
: the progeny usually of a female animal

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Many women work in informal jobs in an economy that has failed to produce enough formal work for a growing population of 1.4 billion people. Damien Cave, New York Times, 18 Jan. 2023 The Sunshine State is expected to produce just 18 million 90-pound boxes of oranges, the Agriculture Department said last week. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 18 Jan. 2023 Wilson was one of nine players in the FBS to produce 60 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and six sacks before suffering a season-ending broken foot against Kansas. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Jan. 2023 Last year, a subsidiary of India’s Reliance Industries, announced a partnership with the Danish energy firm Stiesdal to produce hydrogen more cheaply through electrolysis technology. Jeremy Jurgens, Fortune, 17 Jan. 2023 These folks also submit a single, overall rating on each course, and those numbers are averaged to produce a cumulative rating from 1-to-10. Detroit Free Press, 17 Jan. 2023 Most portable fish finders can be turned into an ice fishing fish finder by adding a special broadband transducer to produce real-time images of the fish and structure below the water. Ric Burnely, Field & Stream, 17 Jan. 2023 In other words, the city has the power to remove the MLK Day Parade from BOPA’s official list of duties and produce it itself — if BOPA agrees. Mary Carole Mccauley, Baltimore Sun, 10 Jan. 2023 Neal’s committee issued subpoenas for the returns and sought a court order in July 2019 after Treasury officials continued to refuse to produce them. Jim Puzzanghera,, 20 Dec. 2022
Michael Clear and Judson Scott of Wan’s Atomic Monster banner will executive produce while Ryan Turek is an executive producer on the Blumhouse side. Mark Katchur and Divide/Conquer’s Adam Hendricks and Greg Gilreath are also executive producers. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Jan. 2023 Stephen Frears will direct and executive produce, with Winslet executive producing in addition to starring. Joe Otterson, Variety, 18 Jan. 2023 Subsidized by federal funding, entrepreneurs experimented with new ways to mass-produce houses. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 16 Jan. 2023 The latest statistics show Americans waste more than $218 billion each year on food, with a family of four tossing out $1,600 a year in produce alone. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2023 And little has changed since: Positions doing hands-on work — distributing produce at food banks, supporting domestic violence victims, and managing homeless shelters, for example — are going unfilled across New England. Diti Kohli,, 13 Jan. 2023 My compensation also includes free produce, milk, and half a pig per year. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 12 Jan. 2023 Residents should remove stickers from their produce items before composting them. Dallas News, 10 Jan. 2023 Foitzik and her team found that the tapeworm larvae produce and secrete more than 250 proteins into the hemolymph of the infected ants — enough to make up about 7% of all the circulating proteins. Viviane Callier, Quanta Magazine, 10 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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Cite this Entry

“Produce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
pro·​duce prə-ˈd(y)üs How to pronounce produce (audio)
produced; producing
: to bring to view : exhibit
produce evidence
produced a permit when asked
: to give birth or rise to
a tree producing good fruit
the offspring an insect can produce
: to prepare to present to the public
produce a play
: to cause to be or happen : bring about
the insect bite produced a rash
this will produce results
: to bring something out by work
produced a magazine article
: manufacture entry 2 sense 2
a factory producing steel
producible adjective


2 of 2 noun
pro·​duce ˈpräd-(ˌ)üs How to pronounce produce (audio) ˈprōd- How to pronounce produce (audio)
 also  -(ˌ)yüs
: something produced
: fresh fruits and vegetables

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