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

Other Words from produce


producible \ prə-​ˈdü-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce produce (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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In addition, carbon dioxide in the air from burning fuels such as coal, gasoline and natural gas helps plants produce more pollen. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 18 May 2022 Kosinski estimates that every 60 to 70 minutes of acting the cast members did in the sky daily would produce only one minute of usable footage. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 17 May 2022 The first is a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive setup which can produce 340 hp and 325 ft lbs of torque. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 17 May 2022 But around 1990, Aharonov and Popescu found that special combinations of sine waves produce regions of the collective wave that wiggle faster than any of the constituents. Katie Mccormick, Quanta Magazine, 16 May 2022 Today, Roberts is one of the world’s leading venture capitalists focused on climate tech, fostering a new wave of startups, like Commonwealth Fusion Systems and Infinite Cooling, that just might produce some of the answers needed to save the planet. Globe Staff,, 16 May 2022 But the sweet, amber syrup and the people who produce it today face an uncertain future. Dinah Voyles Pulver, USA TODAY, 16 May 2022 Anderson said many were relabeled last year, largely in response to a Federal Emergency Management Agency program that began providing funeral assistance for families who could produce a death certificate attributing a death to COVID-19. Mike Stobbe, ajc, 16 May 2022 Replacing conventional plants, which can produce power on demand, presents challenges in part because wind and solar farms generally need large batteries to store their output for use when their production declines. Katherine Blunt, WSJ, 16 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There, Atlantic seafood, Ontario beef and produce from Matheson’s own Blue Goose Farm near Lake Erie are cooked over cherry wood coals. New York Times, 19 May 2022 Every child who visits the Welcome Pavilion will receive a $2 voucher to spend on produce. Hartford Courant, 19 May 2022 Greengrocers carry produce to supply to residents staying home as the state increased measures to stop the spread of illness in Pyongyang on Monday. Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 18 May 2022 Guests will also learn about the health benefits associated with select produce and herbs, and how to incorporate them into a meal. Roger Sands, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Kent hand-rolls his bagel dough, then boils it and bakes it in a hearth oven, and can top bagels with cream cheese, lox, pistachio chimichurri and organic produce. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 The other two produce 7-DHC and bile acid intermediates, neither of which were previously known to be involved in semelparity—the reproductive strategy in which an animal has just one reproductive episode before dying. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 May 2022 Fruit flies are attracted to rotting, fermenting produce (that’s why they may also be referred to as vinegar flies). Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 An open-air market still operated every day, offering fresh meat and produce, but access to cash was almost nonexistent, a particular problem for pensioners who get their monthly payments on bank cards. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 See More

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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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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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