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

Toyota did see a large increase in sales for the second vehicle produced in the San Antonio plant, the Tundra, its full-size pickup. Randy Diamond,, "Toyota Tacoma sales drop as made in San Antonio truck faces new competition," 2 Aug. 2019 The half-inch circles that keep our shirts together don’t have much character and are mass-produced out of cheap resin., "Hardcore button collectors see beauty, history in the fashion essential," 1 Aug. 2019 Lebo M ended up co-producing, co-writing and performing the soundtrack for the film with Zimmer. Court Stroud, Washington Post, "He was once homeless and sleeping in a bus station. Now, he’s collaborating with Beyoncé on ‘The Lion King’," 1 Aug. 2019 His first collaboration with Sondheim (and Leonard Bernstein), West Side Story, which Prince co-produced in 1957, lost the 1958 Tony for best musical to The Music Man, a lesser work. Todd S. Purdum, The Atlantic, "The Man Who Transformed Broadway," 1 Aug. 2019 In recent months, the beleaguered event lost its financial backer, key producing partners, crucial permits and at least two venues. NBC News, "Woodstock 50, embattled anniversary festival, officially canceled," 31 July 2019 Saudi Arabia, and other energy-producing behemoths such as Russia. Mike Watson, National Review, "Why the Middle East Policies Favored by Sanders and Warren Would Be Counterproductive," 30 July 2019 Unlike Victoria, which became a hot title after Berlin, Roads has managed to pass under the radar since its premiere at Tribeca, scoring theatrical releases thus far in its co-producing countries of Germany and France. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Roads': Film Review," 30 July 2019 Some guys already wear chill-producing Snowballs Underwear because they are designed to increase male fertility. Madeline Purdue, USA TODAY, "Cool clothes: Bras, boxers and bracelets to keep cool from the inside out during heatwave," 29 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Unable to mass-produce penicillin because of the war, Britain turned to the U.S. government and U.S. manufacturing companies, including Merck, Pfizer, Squib and others. Washington Post, "103-year-old ex-chemist to be honored for work on penicillin," 4 Aug. 2019 The parking produce truck marked the beginning of a three-month collaboration between the city’s Department of Transportation and a startup called CurbFlow. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "This Startup Wants to Tame the Chaos of City Street Parking," 3 Aug. 2019 The sole grocery store in Leadville stocks bottles of oxygen for tourists struggling with the thin air, but has barely half an aisle of fresh produce. Markian Hawryluk, CNN, "In one of the country's 'healthiest' states, obesity plagues black and Hispanic people," 3 Aug. 2019 Rocket Science and Wild Bunch will executive produce and are handling international sales, with CAA Media Finance, which arranged financing for the film, representing U.S. and China rights. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "James Russo Joins Sean Penn Drama 'Flag Day'," 31 July 2019 The post in question concerns Tesla’s solar roof, which Musk unveiled in late 2016 and has struggled to mass-produce. Los Angeles Times, "Elon Musk claims Tesla solar production will jump. Does that violate his SEC accord?," 30 July 2019 This latest version uses peak-season produce to create a sauce that’s bright, fresh, and totally appropriate for August. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "This Summer Bolognese Is Fresher, Faster, and Just as Good as the Classic," 30 July 2019 Police in Pennsylvania are looking for a woman who allegedly urinated on produce at a Walmart. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "A woman peeing on produce at Walmart was caught on camera. Police are investigating," 30 July 2019 The economics of agriculture make selling misshapen produce an expensive proposition for farmers. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, "For “Ugly” Produce, Beauty Is Rind Deep," 29 July 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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