pro·​duce | \ prə-ˈdüs How to pronounce produce (audio) , prō-, -ˈdyüs \
produced; producing

Essential Meaning of produce

1 : to make (something) especially by using machines The factory produces [=manufactures] steel. Thousands of cars are produced here each year.
2 : to make or create (something) by a natural process The tree produces good fruit. Honey is produced by bees. twins produced from a single egg
3 : to cause (something) to exist or happen : to cause (a particular result or effect) The insect bite produced a rash. His suggestion produced the desired results.

Full 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

Other Words from produce


producible \ prə-​ˈdü-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce produce (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 RaJae’ Johnson-Sanders logged his first 100-yard receiving game two weeks against Louisiana Tech, accumulating 338 yards and a score on the season, and can produce large chunks of yardage on outside screen passes with his speed and physicality. Evan Dudley, al, 19 Nov. 2021 An algorithm is a set of rules or steps followed, often by a computer, to produce an outcome. Rachel Metz, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 Currently, the world’s governments are on track to produce double the amount of fossil fuels than is consistent with that target. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 18 Nov. 2021 The scripts that the men produce reveal a wide range of approaches to their experiences of abuse. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 18 Nov. 2021 Though many American companies like Intel and GlobalFoundries produce semiconductors on U.S. soil, most of the world's chips are produced in China and Taiwan. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 18 Nov. 2021 This stat matters because a quantum computer does not produce a single, accurate result for a calculation, as a classical computer does. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2021 Perhaps most important, Controlled Thermal needs General Motors — or another party — to sign a formal agreement to buy the lithium that Hell’s Kitchen would produce. Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2021 The deal also includes Weta’s foundational data platform for interoperable 3D art creation and a library of thousands of assets that the WetaFX team will continue to produce. Todd Spangler, Variety, 9 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On Friday, half of the Sparta Dome in Crown Point became a holiday market, filled with vendors selling clothes, hot sauces, home décor, Christmas decorations, produce, popcorn, candles, jewelry and more. Alexandra Kukulka,, 26 Nov. 2021 Ten years later, Trials for Hope is bringing fresh produce, non-perishables and toiletries every week to hundreds of homeless individuals/families who live in poverty. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 10 Nov. 2021 The pair will also executive produce alongside HIMYM creators and executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, as well as HIMYM director and executive producer Pam Fryman. Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, 5 Nov. 2021 The most contemporary recipes translate traditional dishes for her children and emphasize fresh, seasonal produce. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Nov. 2021 The broader class of non-fossil fuels—including biomass, which is the burning of animal remains, agricultural produce, and wood—contributed around 25% of India’s total energy mix in 2020. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 3 Nov. 2021 Levi, Shani and Gross will partner with an American writer on the adaptation, plus Levi and Gross will executive produce for 24 Drafts, with Shani. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 28 Oct. 2021 There will be between 70 and 90 vendors offering fresh produce, meats, sweets, crafts, and gifts., 28 Oct. 2021 For protection from Stingy Jack and other apparitions, people in the British Isles began carving faces into pieces of produce—particularly turnips, but in some cases potatoes, radishes and beets. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Oct. 2021

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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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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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