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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from produce


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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This has resulted in situations where different companies can produce widely different results for a single person's ancestry. Rory Taylor, Teen Vogue, "DNA Tests Are Not An Indicator of Native Identity," 19 Oct. 2018 Vinegar’s active ingredient, acetic acid, can be produced naturally through bacterial fermentation, as in apple cider vinegar, or industrially, via chemical reactions from such source materials as methanol. Margaret Roach, Good Housekeeping, "Why It Can Be Dangerous to Use Vinegar to Kill Weeds," 15 Aug. 2018 Like champagne, cognac, and some fine wines, tequila can only be produced in five regions in Mexico. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "15 Things Every Tequila Aficionado Needs to Know," 23 July 2018 Currently, the lab can only produce approximately 50 yards of carbon nanotube thread at a time, far fewer than what is needed for commercial applications. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Air Force's Iron Man suit could also be used to power up gadgets," 12 July 2018 Research has shown barefoot contact with the earth can produce nearly instant changes in a variety of physiological measures, helping improve sleep, reduce pain, decrease muscle tension and lower stress. Carrie Dennett,, "Could walking barefoot on grass improve your health? Some science suggests it can.," 11 July 2018 Without proper planning, ownership transfers to children can produce negative consequences in a few different areas of your life. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner,, "Careful planning essential when transferring business ownership to children," 11 July 2018 One of the toughest challenges for any autonomous vehicle is coping with the gargantuan pile of data a suite of lidar laser sensors, radars, cameras, and other sensors can produce. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Mercedes Will Launch Self-Driving Taxis in California Next Year," 10 July 2018 Flash flooding can produce dangerous driving conditions at traffic intersections. Gary Robbins,, "Safety tips for driving when roads are flooded," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Though the house sits miles away from the nearest body of water today, in colonial times rivers and canals ran right up to it, bring fresh produce from the city's outskirts to a street market. Mark Stevenson, Fox News, "Experts restore what might be oldest house in Mexico," 12 Sep. 2018 Fall is the harvest season, bringing in fresh produce from apples and cranberries to pumpkins and persimmons. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "16 Stylish Thanksgiving Table Decorating Ideas," 6 Aug. 2018 Under Sonia's direction, about 100 volunteers help till the soil, plant seeds, water and fertilize, and harvest produce from tomatoes and eggplant to peas, beans, and radishes. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "Gardening Led This Veteran to a New Life of Hope and Healing," 13 July 2018 The label, which is not yet being used, would also exclude produce from hydroponic farming, which relies on water instead of soil. Candice Choi,, "With disputes over labeling rules and questionable practices, is buying 'organic' worth it?," 11 July 2018 Let talented East Bay bartenders perk up your palate with innovative drinks showcasing stone fruit, melons, berries, tomatoes, and other peak-season produce from the Jack London Square Farmers Market., "Party Under the Palms: Summer Cocktails of the Farmers Market," 10 July 2018 Some have opened their doors to tiny hands, providing classes that teach children how to select produce from a farm, how to make complicated courses and even how to design their own restaurants. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "If your kid wants to be a master chef, this school can make it happen," 9 July 2018 There are five vegetable stands selling produce from refugee farms, the most direct way Boiseans can truly support refugees, according to Warchol. Alex Kiesig, idahostatesman, "'I love this city': Eat your way through the Capital City Public Market," 6 July 2018 Some bags carried produce from street markets; some carried nothing but air, buoyed aloft on steamy updrafts. John Leland, New York Times, "The Red Bags of Chinatown: For Good Luck and Cheap Produce," 5 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'produce.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about produce

Statistics for produce

Last Updated

12 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for produce

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for produce



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on produce

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for produce

Spanish Central: Translation of produce

Nglish: Translation of produce for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of produce for Arabic Speakers

Comments on produce

What made you want to look up produce? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


an inexhaustible supply or amount

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a-traditional-thanksgiving-dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!