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

Algae blooms that produce toxins and can sicken swimmers and harm fish are becoming an increasing concern nationwide, causing water warnings this year throughout the country. Mercury News Staff And Wire Reports, The Mercury News, "Toxic algae warnings issued for some Bay Area lakes," 30 Aug. 2019 Purdue Pharma, known for producing and marketing the opioid painkiller OxyContin, has been named as a defendant in most, if not all lawsuits. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "Johnson & Johnson Was Ordered to Pay $572 Million for Its Role in the Opioid Crisis. With Similar Lawsuits Across the Country, That Could Be Just the Beginning," 29 Aug. 2019 Thus began the American political tradition of producing and distributing campaign merchandise. The Economist, "What Donald Trump’s campaign swag says about his presidency," 29 Aug. 2019 Like plant scientists' traditional lab workhorse, the mustard weed Arabidopsis thaliana, monkeyflowers grow fast, produce a lot of seeds, and have a simple genome—appealing traits for lab studies. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Meet the monkeyflower, a weed that may hold the key to zebra stripes and other biological mysteries," 29 Aug. 2019 Directed, co-produced and co-written by James Gray, the film stars Brad Pitt as Roy McBride, an American astronaut sent on a top-secret mission to discover the source of destructive power surges coming from deep space. Los Angeles Times, "How Brad Pitt’s ‘Ad Astra’ survived delays, a tweaked ending and a Disney adoption," 29 Aug. 2019 Starting over included learning how to record and produce her own songs, and getting a piano — but also the daunting task of doing the necessary emotional, mental and spiritual work on herself. Jessi Roti,, "Angel Davanport is back on her own terms: ‘Rap is such a popular sport. Everybody wants to be famous. I want to leave a legacy with my art’," 29 Aug. 2019 Ursua has produced big plays in all three preseason games and had an impressive performance against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3., "Seattle Seahawks’ 53-man roster projection for the 2019 season," 28 Aug. 2019 Jonas, along with menswear designer John Varvatos, have co-founded a new premium priced tequila called Villa One, which is being produced and sold by Stoli Group, best known for selling Stolichnaya vodka. John Kell, Fortune, "Nick Jonas Is Working With Vodka-Maker Stoli to Launch a New Tequila," 28 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

September is the season of transition, toggling between some of the best late-summer produce and a chill in the air that calls out for comfort foods. Catherine Urban, Bon Appétit, "September Is Here and So Are These Pasta-Scopes," 1 Sep. 2019 The building’s façade will have six garage-style doors with outdoor fresh produce and floral area. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Meijer promising different look and feel at new Royal Oak store," 28 Aug. 2019 Food waste is a huge issue in the U.S. and produce isn’t typically portioned properly for the single adult, teach your kids how much of something to buy at a time and what price points to look for. Natalie Wade,, "10 things I wish I knew before going to college," 19 Aug. 2019 That fight is very necessary, particularly for those living in food deserts where produce is scarce. Michelle Stacey, Allure, "The "Food as Medicine" Doctrine Hurts More Than It Helps," 8 Aug. 2019 In fact, this is the perfect time to give this recipe a try as summer produce is at its peak right now. Simran Singh, The Mercury News, "Quick Cook: How to make Zoe’s Basque Style Braised Chicken," 5 Aug. 2019 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

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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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