produce

verb
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

produce

noun
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

Verb

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

This political incoherence won’t produce better results at the border or break the stalemate in Congress over immigration. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Incoherent on Immigration," 9 Apr. 2019 For instance, a 2013 study in Human Fertility examined 40 samples of precum and semen from 27 participants, finding that 41 percent of the participants produced precum samples that contained live sperm. Kasandra Brabaw, SELF, "Can You Get Pregnant From Precum?," 7 Mar. 2019 And that investment in technology expertise is already producing results. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need to Know About the South China Sea, the World's Next Hot Spot," 27 Feb. 2019 Every region of the world produces geniuses of all colors and genders who define their own vernacular, changing our world one brick at a time. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "The 2019 ELLE Decor Architecture A-List," 5 Feb. 2019 The effort, which helps communities re-envision a new economy, offers a comprehensive toolkit, helps them plan a new future, and has produced significant results. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "When towns lose a factory, what comes next?," 29 Nov. 2018 The similarity of the methods for producing champagne and franciacorta mean that the two styles have plenty in common. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Prosecco Isn't the Champagne of Italy, Franciacorta Is," 15 Mar. 2019 Companies involved in producing and selling Korean pop music have plunged since Lee Seung-hyun, a major star and member of the group Big Bang, was charged with involvement in a prostitution ring over the weekend. Mike Bird, WSJ, "K-Pop Stocks Can Still Hit the High Notes," 12 Mar. 2019 Scalamandré is best known for producing iconic upscale prints that could be found in the Kennedy White House, the Metropolitan Opera House, and some of the world’s most exquisite homes. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Inside Collaborates with Scalamandré on First-Ever Heritage Collection," 19 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Other weigh-offs spectacularly destroy their giant produce (in Littleton, Colorado, by dropping the pumpkins from a crane) and use it for compost. Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin," 24 Jan. 2019 The farm does sell some of its produce in local stores like Whole Foods, and a distributor ferries their fruits and vegetables to various stores throughout the country. Ben Brazil, latimes.com, "Manassero Farms preserves its link to Orange County’s past," 17 May 2018 If your produce comes from California or your local farm, there’s no reason to worry. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "Romaine lettuce from Arizona has an E. coli problem, but the good news is the harvest there is over," 2 May 2018 Owner Patrick Duncan created the series to highlight local fine-dining chefs, who, in turn, showcase his farm’s produce. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "17 best food and drink festivals in Phoenix during April," 5 Apr. 2018 Small-scale farmers, who are extremely dependent on any slight weather changes as the seasons tightly govern their produce, are arguably the most affected category. Marcello Rossi, Smithsonian, "How Climate Change is Fueling Innovation in Kenya," 12 Feb. 2018 First: Grab a bounty of colorful produce and spices from your kitchen. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Your Own Natural Easter Egg Dyes with Everyday Ingredients," 7 Mar. 2019 Nearby, Les Halles food market is a food festival — crammed with butchers, fishmongers, pastry specialists, cheese shops and colorful produce stands, with a mix of food stands and mini restaurants. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Loving Lyon: France’s culinary capital is off the tourist path," 20 Feb. 2019 In its first year, the USDA's FINI program generated almost $8 million in SNAP and incentive purchases of fruits and vegetables - more than 16 million additional servings of fresh produce for SNAP households. Jane Black And Leah Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Some food stamp recipients may soon lose access to farmers market benefits," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of produce

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for produce

Verb

Middle English (Scots), from Latin producere, from pro- forward + ducere to lead — more at tow entry 1

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produce

verb

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)

produce

noun

English Language Learners Definition of produce (Entry 2 of 2)

: fresh fruits and vegetables

produce

verb
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

produce

noun
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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