pro·​duce | \prə-ˈdüs, 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 | \ˈprä-(ˌ)düs, ˈprō- also -(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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producible \prə-​ˈdü-​sə-​bəl, 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

Anything Reebok produces usually brings with it nostalgic vibes from the 1990s. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Reebok Is Rereleasing This Sneaker For the First Time Since the ‘90s," 6 Dec. 2018 If networks couldn’t place ads on videos or produce sponsorship deals, then there was no advantage to joining a company like Defy. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube creators blindsided by major network’s collapse," 5 Dec. 2018 The lodgepole pine, for instance, begins producing viable seeds at 5 to 10 years old. Kristen Pope, Discover Magazine, "Wildfire Engulfed Yellowstone 30 Years Ago. Its Recovery Could Predict The Future of the West," 12 Nov. 2018 According to Healthline, BV typically has a fishy odor, whereas yeast infections are itchier and produce cottage cheese-like discharge. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "What Are the Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis and How Do I Know if I Have It?," 18 Sep. 2018 But the fighting is still raging in Hodeida and other areas, and previous peace efforts have failed to produce any agreement to stop the violence. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Aid group: 85,000 children may have died of hunger in Yemen," 21 Nov. 2018 There are other brands that mimic the design, but there is only one company producing this amazingly accurate instrument. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Only Meat Thermometer Any Serious Person Needs," 29 Oct. 2018 The new version of the 1994 classic will reportedly be an hourlong anthology series, and Kaling reportedly work with her producing partner Matt Warburton on the project, as well as Richard Curtis, who wrote the original film, among others. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Four Weddings and a Funeral," 29 Oct. 2018 Image: Vertu Vertu, a phone manufacturer that specializes in producing luxurious handmade smartphones that end up costing thousands of dollars, is back. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Luxury manufacturer Vertu returns with Aster P smartphones," 19 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The focus on sustainability isn’t just about produce. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How urban farms in New York schools are raising food to fight inequality," 27 Sep. 2018 Cyclospora is a fairly unusual parasite and it’s not easily removed by washing produce. Maggie Fox /, NBC News, "61 sick in parasite outbreak linked to McDonald's salads," 14 July 2018 Nigel Marchant will also return to executive produce. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Downton Abbey' Movie With Series Cast Officially a Go," 13 July 2018 Sample some of the more than 200 varieties of fresh produce grown in San Diego at a farmers market. Carolina Gusman,, "San Diego Comic-Con 2018: 15 free things to do before and after Comic-Con around San Diego County," 13 July 2018 Because of their small size, many bodegas don’t have the means to buy or store fresh produce. Marek Mazurek,, "In Lawrence, bodegas now carry healthier options," 9 July 2018 Foxhollow Farm, 8905 Kentucky 329, Crestwood — Fourth-generation farmer Maggie Keith invites kids ages 8-12 to take a tour of her family's farm and learn to cook with produce grown there. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "If your kid wants to be a master chef, this school can make it happen," 9 July 2018 Many of Boyd's desserts have a shiny layer on top, usually made from local produce set with agar. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "There's something special about the desserts at these 4 Charlotte restaurants. Do you know the secret? | Charlotte Observer," 25 Apr. 2018 From fresh produce to canned goods, these are her recommendations to start your journey into Asian cuisine. Sauces, vinegars, oils Hoisin sauce — Used in cooking, as a condiment and as a marinade, this sauce is sweet, thick and savory. Grace Wong,, "How to shop Asian grocery stores and stock your pantry," 1 Mar. 2018

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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, -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, ˈprō-, -ˌdyüs\

Kids Definition of produce (Entry 2 of 2)

: fresh fruits and vegetables

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