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

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 Varieties include: - Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry, also known as Juneberry, which in early summer produce edible berries high in iron that can be eaten raw or cooked. Steven Litt, cleveland, "University Circle’s restored Cozad-Bates House celebrates Cleveland’s role in Underground Railroad," 10 Nov. 2020 Testing was largely unavailable to many citizens during the first few weeks of the pandemic, as both states and private medical companies scrambled to produce accurate COVID-19 tests in all 50 states. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "What Is "Knowvember"? Why More States May Be Pushing COVID-19 Testing During the Holidays," 6 Nov. 2020 Texas needs Smith to produce in a big way Saturday against West Virginia (4-2, 3-2) at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Nick Moyle,, "Texas WR Jake Smith working to become go-to for QB Sam Ehlinger," 5 Nov. 2020 The captain said Bacchus could and would produce a parade in less time, but the quality would suffer. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer,, "Will Mardi Gras 2021 happen? New Orleans mayor requests 'drop dead' dates from krewes for planning," 4 Nov. 2020 And my friend Debbie Poncher, who ran the Scientific American Español site, wrote for Scientific American about Costa Rica trying to use an approach like von Behring’s in which horses produce antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 to treat human patients. Gary Stix, Scientific American, "Can My Blood Really Help COVID Patients?," 3 Nov. 2020 The group drops produce from urban farms in places like Sandtown and Cherry Hill; Miles picks up her box from a coffee shop in Charles Village. Christina Tkacik,, "Local food revolution: Amid pandemic, cooped-up customers flock to Maryland farms, CSA programs," 3 Nov. 2020 Additionally, by understanding the genes of the new organisms, researchers can decipher how the proteins are structured and then produce them synthetically. Eric Niiler, Wired, "These Oceanographers Want to Turn Marine Slime Into Drugs," 27 Oct. 2020 The smells that send these mosquitoes and other biting insects into a frenzy are carbon dioxide, and an alcohol called octenol, or mushroom alcohol (one of the many organisms that produce it naturally). Popular Science, "Evolution made mosquitos into stealthy, sensitive vampires," 20 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Book’s farming family sold produce to the elder Thompson for his wholesale business. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Christmas tree lot tradition continues after longtime owner's death," 26 Nov. 2020 Vegetable ones call for any combination of carrots, cauliflower, green, and other produce. Popular Science, "Five better turkey alternatives to serve this Thanksgiving," 24 Nov. 2020 And even in the dreary wintertime, bright orange carrots and ruby-red beets are in season when there isn’t that much colorful fresh produce around. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Vivid slaw tosses in beets and apples for a fresh, tangy crunch," 24 Nov. 2020 Along with the birds, that weighed from 12 to 14 pounds, employees received a pumpkin pie and assorted produce for side dishes. Kimberly Fornek,, "Turkeys, pumpkin pies and Thanksgiving fixings were Plymouth Place’s thank you to its employees," 23 Nov. 2020 Informed her lengthy training in both Thai and farm-to-table Californian restaurants, Kornnawong imbues her dishes with a focus on good produce, with most every dish highlighted with the snappy textures of raw vegetables and greens. Soleil Ho,, "These spicy, smoky Isaan drinking snacks bring a thrilling new element to S.F.'s Thai scene," 19 Nov. 2020 The burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas produce greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, which contribute to global warming. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Due to COVID-19, 2020 greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. are predicted to drop to lowest level in three decades," 19 Nov. 2020 Everyone gets to help in the kitchen — picking produce from the garden, peeling carrots, mixing chili, carrying dishes and pans. Washington Post, "Best children’s books of 2020 reveal a growing diversity," 19 Nov. 2020 The store will also carry fresh produce and will have a long counter for quick service takeout. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Here’s when Eataly plans to open its NorthPark Center food marketplace," 17 Nov. 2020

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

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15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Produce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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)


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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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