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

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 Varieties include: - Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry, also known as Juneberry, which in early summer produce edible berries high in iron that can be eaten raw or cooked. Steven Litt, cleveland, "University Circle’s restored Cozad-Bates House celebrates Cleveland’s role in Underground Railroad," 10 Nov. 2020 Testing was largely unavailable to many citizens during the first few weeks of the pandemic, as both states and private medical companies scrambled to produce accurate COVID-19 tests in all 50 states. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "What Is "Knowvember"? Why More States May Be Pushing COVID-19 Testing During the Holidays," 6 Nov. 2020 Texas needs Smith to produce in a big way Saturday against West Virginia (4-2, 3-2) at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Nick Moyle,, "Texas WR Jake Smith working to become go-to for QB Sam Ehlinger," 5 Nov. 2020 The captain said Bacchus could and would produce a parade in less time, but the quality would suffer. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer,, "Will Mardi Gras 2021 happen? New Orleans mayor requests 'drop dead' dates from krewes for planning," 4 Nov. 2020 And my friend Debbie Poncher, who ran the Scientific American Español site, wrote for Scientific American about Costa Rica trying to use an approach like von Behring’s in which horses produce antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 to treat human patients. Gary Stix, Scientific American, "Can My Blood Really Help COVID Patients?," 3 Nov. 2020 The group drops produce from urban farms in places like Sandtown and Cherry Hill; Miles picks up her box from a coffee shop in Charles Village. Christina Tkacik,, "Local food revolution: Amid pandemic, cooped-up customers flock to Maryland farms, CSA programs," 3 Nov. 2020 Additionally, by understanding the genes of the new organisms, researchers can decipher how the proteins are structured and then produce them synthetically. Eric Niiler, Wired, "These Oceanographers Want to Turn Marine Slime Into Drugs," 27 Oct. 2020 The smells that send these mosquitoes and other biting insects into a frenzy are carbon dioxide, and an alcohol called octenol, or mushroom alcohol (one of the many organisms that produce it naturally). Popular Science, "Evolution made mosquitos into stealthy, sensitive vampires," 20 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Israeli farmers, who face stiff competition in their main export markets in Europe, might be able to sell their produce in the Persian Gulf as early as November. Alisa Odenheimer,, "Israeli-Grown Produce Could Be on Sale in UAE by Early November," 29 Oct. 2020 The last day of the Downtown Farmers Market at Pioneer Park was held Saturday, giving local farmers one final chance to sell their fall produce, including onions, potatoes, carrots, beets, winter squash and fall greens. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Downtown Farmer’s Market wraps up its outdoor season on Saturday," 24 Oct. 2020 Hurley grows her own produce on her sprawling country estate in the English countryside. Claire Gillespie,, "Elizabeth Hurley's Age-Defying Swimsuit Photo Has Gone Viral—Here's What She Does to Look So Amazing at 55," 14 Oct. 2020 More than four months after the May 30 riots that looted Heinen’s downtown, customers can once again shop for their produce, groceries and prepared foods in the iconic Euclid Avenue building. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Cleveland matches homicide total from 2019, with increase in young people killed: The Wake Up for Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020," 8 Oct. 2020 Tesco, one of the world’s largest grocery chains by sales, generates the majority of its revenue in the U.K., but relies on EU imports for some of its produce. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Tesco Names a Former Mondelez Executive as CFO," 7 Oct. 2020 The ultimate holiday of gathering our produce is Sukkot. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, "Sukkot: The ultimate holiday of happiness and joy," 5 Oct. 2020 Beckett now has approximately 1/2 acre of the farm dedicated to his organic produce. Steve Smith,, "Organic farm sprouting business for Clayton Beckett," 2 Oct. 2020 Ample Harvest, a nationwide resource focused on eliminating food waste, can help people who are gardening in their backyard find a local food pantry to bring their excess produce. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "How to reduce food waste during the coronavirus pandemic," 29 Sep. 2020

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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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15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Produce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 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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