produce

1 of 2

verb

pro·​duce prə-ˈdüs How to pronounce produce (audio)
prō-,
-ˈdyüs
produced; producing

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
5
a
: 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
producible
prə-ˈdü-sə-bəl How to pronounce produce (audio)
prō-
-ˈdyü-
adjective

produce

2 of 2

noun

pro·​duce ˈprō-(ˌ)düs How to pronounce produce (audio)
also
ˈprä- How to pronounce produce (audio)
-(ˌ)dyüs
1
a
: 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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Israel’s devastating response to Hamas’s shocking October 7 attack has produced a humanitarian catastrophe. Marc Lynch, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Bartlett executive produces alongside Jones and Silverprint Pictures development director Antonia Gordon. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 19 Feb. 2024 The film is produced by Kapadia and George Chignell. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Feb. 2024 Home to over 100 wine regions, Spain produces red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines across the entire quality and price spectrum. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 19 Feb. 2024 In recent decades, the Panhandle has produced consistently conservative Republican congressmen. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 Player of the week: Colorado’s KJ Simpson One of the top point guards in the country produced a masterclass effort Saturday evening with 30 points (on just 17 field goal attempts), plus nine rebounds, five assists and a barrage of clutch plays in the double-overtime escape at USC. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 19 Feb. 2024 The Innocence Center is using AI technology that can scan through files hundreds of pages thick and produce a summary of the cases that people are asking them to take. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Feb. 2024 In the end, Hilary took a slightly eastward track, which ended up producing nearly 3 inches of rain for L.A. — a lot for an August evening but not out of line for a very wet winter day. Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2024
Noun
Michael Showalter will direct the first episode and executive produce. Joe Otterson, Variety, 16 Feb. 2024 That in turn has secured a maritime corridor that allows Ukraine to export much of its grain and other produce from ports such as Odesa – an economic boon at a time when the economy has been battered by the conflict. Tim Lister and Victoria Butenko, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 Key Facts Tens of thousands of farmers in trucks, buses and tractors are heading towards New Delhi to protest the government and reiterate their long-time demand for a legal guarantee of minimum support price for their produce, among other things. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 In 2024, there’s more to prioritizing your well-being than exercising regularly and buying organic produce. Kelsey Mulvey, Sunset Magazine, 6 Feb. 2024 The property is mostly wooded, and the western section used to be a produce farm. Tony Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 6 Feb. 2024 This bright side dish is a fresher way to enjoy spring produce than in a casserole (though there’s plenty of room for those on our Easter table). Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 5 Feb. 2024 All three executive produce along with Jake Fuller of Jax Media as well as Tad Quill and McHale, with Quill serving as showrunner. Joe Otterson, Variety, 6 Feb. 2024 Come spring, the bulk of Alias’s produce and herbs will be from the nearby Small Little Farm. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English (Scots), from Latin producere, from pro- forward + ducere to lead — more at tow entry 1

First Known Use

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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Cite this Entry

“Produce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/produce. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

produce

1 of 2 verb
pro·​duce prə-ˈd(y)üs How to pronounce produce (audio)
produced; producing
1
: to bring to view : exhibit
produce evidence
produced a permit when asked
2
: to give birth or rise to
a tree producing good fruit
the offspring an insect can produce
3
: to prepare to present to the public
produce a play
4
: to cause to be or happen : bring about
the insect bite produced a rash
this will produce results
5
a
: to bring something out by work
produced a magazine article
b
: manufacture entry 2 sense 2
a factory producing steel
producible adjective

produce

2 of 2 noun
pro·​duce ˈpräd-(ˌ)üs How to pronounce produce (audio) ˈprōd- How to pronounce produce (audio)
 also  -(ˌ)yüs
1
: something produced
2
: fresh fruits and vegetables

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