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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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, that second wave could also produce some strong to severe storms. Leigh Morgan, al, "Severe weather risk expands to include all of Alabama," 23 Apr. 2021 This solution, though, does not produce a warp drive that can go faster than light. Mario Borunda, The Conversation, "Warp drives: Physicists give chances of faster–than–light space travel a boost," 23 Apr. 2021 Even better for the economy, the green (low-carbon) economy will produce a lot more jobs in the rising clean energy sectors than will be cut in the declining fossil fuel sectors. Jeffrey Sachs, CNN, "Biden's remarkable success on climate," 23 Apr. 2021 At least two more mines are waiting for final approval to begin construction, one of which would produce enough lithium for 400,000 electric vehicles a year for the next 50 years, according to the company. Stephanie Ebbs, Ginger Zee, Jon Schlosberg, ABC News, "Nevada sees lithium ‘white gold rush’ as demand set to skyrocket," 23 Apr. 2021 In rare circumstances, infection can produce more severe illness and require hospitalization. Mike Wehner, BGR, "This nationwide food brand just recalled every single one of its products," 23 Apr. 2021 The storms may produce hail as large as ping-pong balls, damaging winds, and tornados in the evening hours, according to the weather service. Dallas News, "Severe storms possible in Dallas-Fort Worth area through Friday evening," 23 Apr. 2021 The Falcons’ choice will also produce an effect on former Oregon Ducks’ star offensive lineman Penei Sewell, who is mocked to be selected anywhere from the Cincinnati Bengals (No. 5) to the Los Angeles Chargers (No. 13). oregonlive, "NFL mock draft 2021 (4.0): Oregon’s Penei Sewell prepares for a reunion and the 49ers make a surprise QB choice; trades and other first-round predictions," 23 Apr. 2021 Scorsese will produce the film along with his longtime producing partner Irwin Winkler, with Carney also co-writing the script with Chris Cluess. Tyler Aquilina,, "Once director John Carney teams with Martin Scorsese for musical inspired by George Gershwin," 23 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Choose organic produce when possible — especially for the Dirty Dozen. Washington Post, "Cut waste and boost flavor with recipes that use the whole vegetable," 23 Apr. 2021 The government awarded the company a $163 million contract in 2012 to ready the Baltimore facility to mass-produce vaccines in response to a pandemic. New York Times, "Vaccines Made at Troubled Baltimore Plant Were Shipped to Canada and Mexico," 23 Apr. 2021 Each dish was designed to highlight her unique take on vegan cuisine while utilizing the local bounty of Mexico’s seasonal produce. Alissa Fitzgerald, Forbes, "Cult Fave Bonberi Brings Plant-Based Fare To Lush Resort, Las Ventanas Al Paraíso," 21 Apr. 2021 Otherwise, Haron is buying produce from farms in nearby Brentwood as well as from Asian farmers in the Sacramento area — and bringing her background as a pastry chef to brunch. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Singapore's oldest cafe is opening a new East Bay restaurant," 21 Apr. 2021 Growing produce would mean a shift to specialty crops. Cara Korte, CBS News, "Why some experts say the Mississippi Delta could be the "Next California"," 21 Apr. 2021 George and Jessica de Rothschild will executive produce, and Wonder Woman casting director Kate Ringsell has also been brought on board. Claire Shaffer, Rolling Stone, "Boy George Biopic in the Works," 20 Apr. 2021 The suit said other officials assured investors of the company’s ability and capacity to mass produce COVID vaccine. Meredith Cohn,, "Emergent faces lawsuit, congressional scrutiny over COVID vaccine production troubles," 20 Apr. 2021 The first time produce is touched by bare hands is when a consumer opens a food package at home, the company said. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "A giant, indoor vertical farm aims to bring jobs and fresh produce to Compton," 19 Apr. 2021

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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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26 Apr 2021

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“Produce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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