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


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

This story was produced by Chalkbeat Indiana, a nonprofit news website that covers education. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "What students do after graduating could determine their high school’s rating," 9 Sep. 2019 Dark Horizon is being produced by Epic Entertainment Group, which has been running a similar attraction called Dark Harbor in Long Beach, Calif., for 10 years. Dewayne Bevil,, "Debut of Dark Horizon, a Halloween pop-up attraction, delayed," 5 Sep. 2019 The Max was produced partly as a response to a new model -- the A320neo -- from European rival Airbus SE. Washington Post, "What Is the Boeing 737 Max and Which Airlines Fly It?: QuickTake," 18 Sep. 2019 This story was produced by the creative services department of the Anchorage Daily News in collaboration with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Anchorage Daily News, "Around Alaska, there’s a new approach to suicide prevention: Think locally," 17 Sep. 2019 In the Tall Grass is produced by Steven Hoban, Mark Smith, Jimmy Miller, and M. Riley. Clark Collis,, "Watch the trailer for Netflix's Stephen King and Joe Hill adaptation In the Tall Grass," 17 Sep. 2019 The cider will be produced by a separate company, not the brewery. Marc Bona,, "Magis Cider Co. to launch in Cleveland," 16 Sep. 2019 Doug Mills/The New York Times This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. New York Times, "The Cost of Running Guantánamo Bay: $13 Million Per Prisoner," 16 Sep. 2019 The shows were produced by retail brands such as Procter and Gamble, and product promotions were woven directly into their story lines. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some fans even drop off free produce for the restaurant to use by the entrance. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "This Incredible Brewton, Alabama Restaurant Is Donations Only," 17 Sep. 2019 Clients include seed sellers, banks, insurance companies, consumer packaged goods companies, wholesalers and retailers of fresh produce. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Feed the World," 17 Sep. 2019 The unboxed coconuts can be sent almost anywhere, except to Australia and New Zealand where, even though the coconuts bear an agricultural inspection stamp, foreign produce is strictly regulated. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Mail carrier delivers an unusual object to San Diego Opera," 16 Sep. 2019 Small breweries, wineries and a distillery produce locally made beers, ciders, wines and spirits often infused with local cherries and other fruits. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Keys to Door County: food, hikes and spectacular sunsets," 14 Sep. 2019 Fans can also sample local Merseyside produce at the Imagine More community café and pick up some genuine Strawberry Field history at the gift shop. Phil Boucher,, "Strawberry Fields: Beatles Fans Can Finally Enter John Lennon's 'Childhood Sanctuary' in Liverpool," 13 Sep. 2019 Jay Fragus and Courtney LeMarco will executive produce with Mike Donovan and Ryan Charles Griffin. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Toronto: Maggie Q Boards Actioner 'Long Gone Heroes' (Exclusive)," 8 Sep. 2019 Same rule applies to apples, berries and other produce. Sayde Beeler, Rdn, Detroit Free Press, "Freezer meals: A how-to guide," 2 Sep. 2019 Proceeds will be divvied to Homeless Hookup CLE, a small local non-profit, and the Archwood Ave Fresh Foods' produce sale. Marc Bona,, "Revival Social Dinner coming to an end in Northeast Ohio," 28 Aug. 2019

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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 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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