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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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 Neither team scored in a first period that produced a combined 13 shots, eight of them by the Chargers. Anchorage Daily News, "OT goal from Tanner Schachle earns UAA hockey team an extra point in the conference standings," 19 Jan. 2020 The pro-pre-k campaign will merely ask voters to keep an already existing tax, to preserve a program that has produced results. Gilbert Garcia,, "Pre-K 4 SA campaign merely requires voters to preserve a good thing," 18 Jan. 2020 Beyoncé teamed up with the sneaker giant for a line that produces signature shoes, clothing and re-launch Beyonce's athleisure brand, Ivy Park. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Beyoncé's Ivy Park line for adidas selling out online but available in select stores Saturday," 18 Jan. 2020 Facilities included are those that produce toxic, flammable, and explosive materials. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Buttigieg rules out new nuclear," 17 Jan. 2020 After all, two of his previous investments have fueled drug makers using genetics to treat cancer — the kind of approach that has produced remarkable outcomes but also driven up the price of drugs. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "‘We have a tragedy of the commons’: How a VC thinks his new company can lower drug prices," 17 Jan. 2020 In so doing, California disregards Congress’ intent to deregulate interstate trucking, instead adopting a law that produces the patchwork of state regulations Congress sought to prevent. Carolyn Said,, "Federal judge give truckers reprieve from AB5," 16 Jan. 2020 Both V-8s have the same power ratings as before; the base engine is a 5.3-liter V-8 that produces 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, and a 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 is optional. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "New 2021 GMC Yukon, Yukon XL Get AT4 Off-Road Trim and Diesel Engine," 14 Jan. 2020 And here is a machine that is producing it and controlling it and using it for propulsion. Jordan Runtagh,, "The Storming of Area 51: A Covert Journey to the Heart of America’s Worst-Kept Secret," 13 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The rest of the produce was sold at farmer’s markets, which provided enough of an income that Dave was able to transition out of a traditional 9-to-5 job., "On the most populated Ohio River island, this beekeeper found a way to better himself and his community," 13 Jan. 2020 Shoppers can also sample Aldi-exclusive foods and enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a year's supply of Aldi produce. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Aldi's new Glendale store sets January opening date," 8 Jan. 2020 Uzbekistan feels like the country's baby brother with vibrant urban centers topped by minarets, and a sprawling, arable interior where some of the freshest produce on the planet is grown. Brandon Presser, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 20 Best Places to Travel in 2020," 30 Dec. 2019 Maine Harvest for the Hunger has existed since 2000 and donated more than 193,000 pounds of produce from more than 120 farms in the state this year. USA TODAY, "Rare black rhino born, dengue fever, ‘Santa Lady,’ disputed Lincoln hat: News from around our 50 states," 26 Dec. 2019 The center’s Christmas trees had been pushed into a corner, and a long row of fresh produce neatly stacked on tables snaked through the front of the building. Phillip Morris, cleveland, "The spirits of May Dugan thrived through prohibition and continue at Ohio City center: Phillip Morris," 22 Dec. 2019 Lots of produce creates ethylene, Sizov says, and the company will be expanding accordingly. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Apples talk to each other. Eavesdropping can save millions from the trash bin," 10 Dec. 2019 Elliott said the farm now serves more than 110 youth per year and grows 25,000 pounds of produce. Jeremy Bradley, CBS News, "In the shadow of Austin, Texas, a small farm looms large," 6 Dec. 2019 His company makes a product that extends the shelf life of all sorts of produce — avocados, cherries, pears, broccoli — by slowing the chemical process that causes decay. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz,, "Bananas that last forever? Extending shelf life is a key weapon in the battle against food waste, and one Chicago startup is on the front lines.," 27 Nov. 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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The first known use of produce was in the 15th century

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22 Jan 2020

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“Produce.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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)


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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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