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 In the future, some energy experts said, Pemex could also use the Deer Park refinery to process oil from other countries that also produce the kinds of heavy crude that Mexico does. New York Times, 18 Jan. 2022 Ovarian cancer is cancer of the ovaries, the reproductive glands in women that produce eggs, the American Cancer Society (ACS) explains. Korin Miller,, 18 Jan. 2022 Companies that produce less can sell their extra allowances to those that emit more. Phred Dvorak, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2022 Doctors prescribed him pills that promote the release of dopamine, to offset the death of brain cells that produce this messenger molecule in circuits that control movement. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 14 Jan. 2022 Maersk is hoping to break this impasse by simultaneously buying green ships and investing in the companies that produce low-carbon fuels. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 12 Jan. 2022 The air rises, and clouds form and grow into narrow bands that produce 2 to 3 inches of snow an hour or more. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2022 The single-seat vehicle has three duo-rotors and six electric motors running on hydrogen that produce 200 kW of power. J. George Gorant, Robb Report, 11 Jan. 2022 The original ranch has another 23 wells that produce about 600 acre feet annually. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun France has banned the use of plastic wrap on fresh produce sold in supermarkets, as the country moves to make good on a law banning all single use plastics by 2040. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 5 Jan. 2022 Some Roe dishes remain at the restaurant, which is still found on the Morgan Alley mezzanine, 515 S.W. Broadway # 26, though the emphasis is now more firmly fixed on Oregon produce. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 4 Jan. 2022 Traveling to Rittenhouse Square, an area known for its many bars and restaurants, Solomonov settles on + bar, where chef Eli Collins offers up modern Bistro French cooking, with an emphasis on seasonal produce. Kelsey Fowler, Travel + Leisure, 7 Dec. 2021 Waters and Tanis are known for their market cooking; their menu will focus on produce from regenerative farms, with selections changing daily. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 24 Nov. 2021 Simple desserts will also draw on market produce, like rum cake topped with blackberries and plum compote. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Oct. 2021 Dremonas said there will be an emphasis on produce, which will occupy 20% of the store, a variety of fresh meats and international offerings. Steve Sadin,, 4 Oct. 2021 This fall, like any other across New England, many families will set aside some time to drive out to one of Greater Boston’s working farms and go apple-picking, or wander through the pumpkin patch, or stock up on fresh produce at the farmstand., 16 Sep. 2021 Served in elegant surrounds, the menu focuses on seasonal British produce, and all the dishes are free from gluten, refined sugar, and preservatives. Bridget Arsenault, Forbes, 5 Sep. 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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