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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Other Words from produce


producible \ prə-​ˈdü-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce producible (audio) , 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

Then a local drug dealer made a suggestion to Shamo that would change the course of his life: There was a fortune to be made in producing fake oxycodone. Washington Post, "The ‘fool’ that fentanyl made into a millionaire," 14 Sep. 2019 José Altuve's first-inning solo home run accounted for all of the Astros' run production against Royals starter Danny Duffy, who worked at a plodding pace but prevented anyone but Altuve of producing against him. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "George Springer's late homer lifts Astros over Royals," 13 Sep. 2019 Numerous writers produce significant work well into their 70s, 80s, and even their 90s. Roger J. Kreuz, Quartz, "The one skill that doesn’t deteriorate with age," 13 Sep. 2019 Later, Revere opened a foundry popular for producing cannons and metal bells. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Exploring Paul Revere’s Legacy Beyond His Famed Midnight Ride," 12 Sep. 2019 The company and its affiliate brands in Ohio and Quebec produce mobile equipment such as wood chippers, aerial trimmers and stump cutters. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "Alamo Group buys Michigan equipment maker for $352 million," 12 Sep. 2019 However, despite the delay, after a four-day trial and djust 20 minutes deliberation, Kowalczyk was convicted on nine counts of producing child pornography. Robyn Merrett,, "Oregon Babysitter Who Tortured and Sexually Abused 3 Sisters Is Sentenced to 270 Years in Prison," 11 Sep. 2019 And many forms of economic activity produce non-particulate pollution, like the mercury emitted through coal burning or the groundwater contamination that can be caused by industrial activity. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "The fall of coal and its pollution-linked deaths is boosting the economy," 10 Sep. 2019 LeWitt is best known for wall-filling grids, but his simple, endlessly renewable system was a great way of producing books, too. New York Times, "The Week in Arts: A Mini-Festival of Music and a 9/11 Remembrance," 7 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

September is the season of transition, toggling between some of the best late-summer produce and a chill in the air that calls out for comfort foods. Catherine Urban, Bon Appétit, "September Is Here and So Are These Pasta-Scopes," 1 Sep. 2019 The building’s façade will have six garage-style doors with outdoor fresh produce and floral area. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Meijer promising different look and feel at new Royal Oak store," 28 Aug. 2019 Food waste is a huge issue in the U.S. and produce isn’t typically portioned properly for the single adult, teach your kids how much of something to buy at a time and what price points to look for. Natalie Wade,, "10 things I wish I knew before going to college," 19 Aug. 2019 That fight is very necessary, particularly for those living in food deserts where produce is scarce. Michelle Stacey, Allure, "The "Food as Medicine" Doctrine Hurts More Than It Helps," 8 Aug. 2019 In fact, this is the perfect time to give this recipe a try as summer produce is at its peak right now. Simran Singh, The Mercury News, "Quick Cook: How to make Zoe’s Basque Style Braised Chicken," 5 Aug. 2019 Unable to mass-produce penicillin because of the war, Britain turned to the U.S. government and U.S. manufacturing companies, including Merck, Pfizer, Squib and others. Washington Post, "103-year-old ex-chemist to be honored for work on penicillin," 4 Aug. 2019 The parking produce truck marked the beginning of a three-month collaboration between the city’s Department of Transportation and a startup called CurbFlow. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "This Startup Wants to Tame the Chaos of City Street Parking," 3 Aug. 2019 The sole grocery store in Leadville stocks bottles of oxygen for tourists struggling with the thin air, but has barely half an aisle of fresh produce. Markian Hawryluk, CNN, "In one of the country's 'healthiest' states, obesity plagues black and Hispanic people," 3 Aug. 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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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 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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