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 Put another way, the taking by politicians of the freedom to work and produce around the world compromised the very labor division that has long enabled huge supply advances in concert with falling prices for everything. John Tamny, Forbes, 14 Nov. 2021 Not sure anyone thought the OSU-Purdue game would produce a QB battle that’s must-see television. Stephen Means, cleveland, 13 Nov. 2021 Such a high attack rate, Bedford notes, would produce a larger death rate that could range from 40,000 to 100,000 per year in the U.S. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Nov. 2021 This could produce accumulations ranging from a quick coating to an inch of snow to as much as half a foot in the typical snow belts, such as western portions of Michigan and southwestern New York, AccuWeather said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 12 Nov. 2021 Skies start off clear on Saturday but clouds are likely to puff up in the afternoon and one or two could produce a passing shower. Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2021 County and community workers have gone to swap meets, produce markets, churches, soccer fields, Home Depot and auto parts stores. Marissa Evans, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2021 The state’s smaller farms, which produce a few dozen turkeys every year, have sold out. Susan Dunne,, 11 Nov. 2021 Stargazers can expect a spectacular scene of shooting stars because the Leonids are historically known for their meteor storms rather than showers which can produce at least 1,000 meteors per hour. Skyler Caruso,, 11 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Of the 23 facilities, 22 produce oil and gas, while the other is a processing facility. Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2021 Fresh produce items like meat, vegetables and milk aren’t available for delivery here. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Sep. 2021 Parker, Nixon, Davis, and King executive produce with Julie Rottenberg, Elisa Zuritsky, and John Melfi. Skyler Caruso,, 12 Nov. 2021 Parker, Nixon, Davis and King executive produce with Julie Rottenberg, Elisa Zuritsky and John Melfi. Rick Porter, Billboard, 12 Nov. 2021 In addition to starring, Wilson will executive produce via Lady Lazarus. Joe Otterson, Variety, 11 Nov. 2021 Microorganisms unique to the lake produce chemicals that could treat drug-resistant diseases such as E. coli. The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Nov. 2021 Dan Lin and Lindsey Liberatore executive produce for Rideback, with Michael Goi also executive producing. NBC News, 3 Nov. 2021 On hand: extensive Asian produce, live seafood, frozen goods, and pantry products., 19 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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“Produce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for produce


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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