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

The Max was produced partly as a response to a new model -- the A320neo -- from European rival Airbus SE. Washington Post, "What Is the Boeing 737 Max and Which Airlines Fly It?: QuickTake," 18 Sep. 2019 This story was produced by the creative services department of the Anchorage Daily News in collaboration with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Anchorage Daily News, "Around Alaska, there’s a new approach to suicide prevention: Think locally," 17 Sep. 2019 In the Tall Grass is produced by Steven Hoban, Mark Smith, Jimmy Miller, and M. Riley. Clark Collis,, "Watch the trailer for Netflix's Stephen King and Joe Hill adaptation In the Tall Grass," 17 Sep. 2019 The cider will be produced by a separate company, not the brewery. Marc Bona,, "Magis Cider Co. to launch in Cleveland," 16 Sep. 2019 Doug Mills/The New York Times This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. New York Times, "The Cost of Running Guantánamo Bay: $13 Million Per Prisoner," 16 Sep. 2019 The shows were produced by retail brands such as Procter and Gamble, and product promotions were woven directly into their story lines. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 Collagen is naturally produced in the body by combining amino acids from protein-rich foods such as beef, chicken, fish, beans, eggs and diary. Sherri Leimkuhler,, "Leimkuhler: Consider collagen for joint pain, healthy skin," 15 Sep. 2019 Today’s Broadsheet was produced by Emma Hinchliffe. Fortune, "Female CEOs Up Their Activism: The Broadsheet," 13 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In 1816 New England, most families were farmers, often large, and relying on local produce to support them, said homestead Director Peter Millett. Annie Gentile,, "Cheney Homestead Presents “1816: The Year Without A Summer”," 15 Aug. 2019 But McCarthy soon learned Haddish had a perfectly good reason for all the produce. Mia Mcniece,, "Melissa McCarthy Reveals Tiffany Haddish's Wild — But 'Healthy' — Drink Order," 9 Aug. 2019 Mexico is the largest agricultural supplier to the U.S., so Americans would also likely see higher prices for produce such as asparagus, berries, lemons and limes. Rachel Layne, CBS News, "As more tariffs loom, experts warn consumers to brace for impact," 3 June 2019 The United States is least dependent on Mexico for produce during the summer, when many domestic crops such as tomatoes and berries are abundant. David Karp,, "What Trump's tariffs may mean for your avocado toast habit," 3 June 2019 The Bottom Line The best diets promote inclusivity over exclusivity and rely heavily on produce. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Celery Juice "Benefits" Are Total B.S., According to Nutrition Science," 16 Jan. 2019 Protesters march toward Parliament in November in New Delhi demanding higher prices for agricultural produce and a government waiver on farm loans. Krishna Pokharel, WSJ, "Indian Farmers Despair, Planting Seeds of Doubt About Modi’s Re-Election," 14 Jan. 2019 The menu changes nightly, based on seasonal produce from neighboring farms and the catch of the day. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Beautiful Places to See New England Fall Foliage This Year," 5 Oct. 2018 On a recent open house at the farmette, cooking instructor Wendy Nevett Bazil gave a demonstration using its produce. Washington Post, "Lawns are in retreat. Is suburbia ready for the frontward veggie garden?," 11 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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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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