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

Keep scrolling for more

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The two Republican senators from Texas — the top U.S. oil-producing state and home to about a third of the country’s refining capacity — are among the most vocal critics. Jennifer A. Dlouhy,, "Trump backers in oil patch join farmers in fight against tariffs," 7 June 2019 Much of the corn produced in Illinois is used in ethanol or animal feed. Tony Briscoe,, "Because of historic rains, less than half the normal amount of corn has been planted in Illinois. The next weeks are make or break for farmers.," 7 June 2019 The increase in bowl partners had to be approved by the NCAA and was based on the number of bowl-eligible teams the conference has produced in recent seasons. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Stock report: On USC football momentum, Stanford basketball personnel hits, Pac-12 bowl partners and more," 7 June 2019 Air travel has become a daunting hellscape of long lines, insane delays, and one anxiety-producing inconvenience after another. Olivia Harrison,, "Inside The High-End Secret Terminal Celebs Are Using At LAX," 6 June 2019 The average goods-producing wage in the U.S. as of April was $23.17 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rachel Layne, CBS News, "Trump's Mexico tariffs may send manufacturers packing -- again," 5 June 2019 Several, including the Taipei and Singapore guides, and now the California guide, are produced in conjunction with the regions’ tourism boards. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Michelin Guide’s Not Entirely Welcome Return to L.A.," 5 June 2019 In its full downforce-producing configuration, the SF90's bodywork generates a whopping 860 pounds of downforce at 155 mph. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "The 986-HP Ferrari SF90 Stradale Plug-In Hybrid Yanks Maranello Back Into Hypercar Race," 29 May 2019 Along with co-producing Songland alongside Adam Levine, Ryan is the lead vocalist and songwriter for the band OneRepublic. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Everything to Know About the 2019 'Songland' Judges," 28 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Concert: Alan Kaye and the Toons (rock 'n' roll) July 10: Lessons in Hoosier produce, gardening and recipes. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Here's when you can take the kids for free concerts, hands-on activities on the Downtown Canal," 7 June 2019 At each market, farmers will have for sale fresh-grown produce, meat and dairy products, honey and maple syrup., "North Union Farmers Market returns to Legacy Village; new board president at Mandel JDS; more: Press Run," 7 June 2019 The name stands for Alta Baja California and chef Aaron Obregon sources seafood, produce, olive oil, wine and other ingredients for the Latin and Mexican inspired menu from within a 90-mile radius. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Why Coronado is San Diego County’s next A-list dining destination," 6 June 2019 Consumers still want fresh produce, but California’s farms are facing a labor shortage of 20 percent, and are increasingly turning to agricultural robotics. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Inside the Amazon Warehouse Where Humans and Machines Become One," 5 June 2019 Wild trees and shrubs and a cool calm color palette of green and blue make this garden a relaxing and calming space, while the planting includes edible produce, plants for craft activities, food for wildlife and nectar to attract pollinators. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Kate Middleton’s Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show Pays Tribute to Princess Diana," 23 May 2019 Joss Whedon, who created the WB series, is set to executive produce, with Monica Owusu-Breen as showrunner. Jill Robi, Glamour, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Is Coming Back With a Black Female Lead—and I'm Here for It," 27 July 2018 Farmers Market Buy produce and artisanal products from local vendors outside the store, 4-8 p.m. Whole Foods Market, 2000 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Fort Lauderdale area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Included in the 1950s produce was Bloater Paste, a sandwich spread made from herrings. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Was Introduced to the Concept of a Grocery Store Self Check Out Today," 22 May 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'produce.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about produce

Statistics for produce

Last Updated

11 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for produce

The first known use of produce was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for produce



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on produce

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for produce

Spanish Central: Translation of produce

Nglish: Translation of produce for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of produce for Arabic Speakers

Comments on produce

What made you want to look up produce? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a device or gadget

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!