reproduce

verb
re·​pro·​duce | \ ˌrē-prə-ˈdüs How to pronounce reproduce (audio) , -ˈdyüs\
reproduced; reproducing; reproduces

Definition of reproduce

transitive verb

: to produce again: such as
a : to produce (new individuals of the same kind) by a sexual or asexual process
b : to cause to exist again or anew reproduce water from steam
c : to imitate closely sound-effects can reproduce the sound of thunder
d : to present again
e : to make a representation (such as an image or copy) of reproduce a face on canvas
f : to revive mentally : recall
g : to translate (a recording) into sound

intransitive verb

1 : to undergo reproduction
2 : to produce offspring

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Other Words from reproduce

reproducer noun
reproducibility \ ˌrē-​prə-​ˌdü-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce reproducibility (audio) , -​ˌdyü-​ \ noun
reproducible \ ˌrē-​prə-​ˈdü-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce reproducible (audio) , -​ˈdyü-​ \ adjective or noun
reproducibly \ ˌrē-​prə-​ˈdü-​sə-​blē How to pronounce reproducibly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for reproduce

Synonyms

breed, multiply, procreate, propagate

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Examples of reproduce in a Sentence

The concert will be reproduced on compact disc. Sound effects can reproduce the sound of thunder. They haven't been able to reproduce the results of the first experiment. Salmon return to the stream to reproduce offspring. The virus is able to reproduce itself very rapidly.
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The pollutants may also inhibit trees' ability to reproduce. National Geographic, "Acid rain, explained," 12 June 2019 Teachers would use copy machines to reproduce pages that could be passed around to kids with no books. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Nessel splits with Whitmer, pushes for constitutional right to adequate education," 7 June 2019 Christine Schwartzhoff, operations team leader for the Naperville Public Works Department, said the culex species needs stagnant standing water to reproduce. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Get ready mosquito overload thanks to endless spring rain, but there are way to bite back before being bitten, experts say," 6 June 2019 The former eliminated a person’s ability to decide whether to reproduce, whereas the latter enables it. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "How Fetal Personhood Emerged as the Next Stage of the Abortion Wars," 5 June 2019 Over the years, Barbie has been the subject of feminist critique, not just for her whiteness, but also for her impossible-to-reproduce-in-real-life proportions. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Barbie Will Be Honored at This Year’s CFDA Awards," 16 May 2019 Aston Martin's engineers have been working on developing and engineering these gadgets with Chris Corbould, a Bond effects specialist, who says that the main challenge was to reproduce gadgets from the film world to work in a consumer product. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "Check Out the Aston Martin DB5 Continuation's Working James Bond Gadgets," 14 May 2019 The judge said police can recover copy costs for body camera footage and 911 audio recordings, including time to reproduce them and the cost of the DVD, flash drive, CD or other medium. Washington Post, "Judge: Police can recover costs for Vegas shooting records," 9 Mar. 2018 So, as a result, it's been reproduced again and again (Ikea's version is only $5—you can shop it at the bottom of this page). Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The Under-$10 Trend That Looks Expensive," 4 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of reproduce

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of reproduce was circa 1611

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reproduce

verb

English Language Learners Definition of reproduce

: to make a copy of (something)
: to produce something that is the same as or very similar to (something else)
: to cause (something) to happen again in the same way

reproduce

verb
re·​pro·​duce | \ ˌrē-prə-ˈdüs How to pronounce reproduce (audio) , -ˈdyüs\
reproduced; reproducing

Kids Definition of reproduce

1 : to produce another living thing of the same kind Many plants reproduce by means of seeds.
2 : to imitate closely Sound effects reproduced thunder.
3 : to make a copy of

reproduce

verb
re·​pro·​duce | \ ˌrē-prə-ˈd(y)üs How to pronounce reproduce (audio) \
reproduced; reproducing

Medical Definition of reproduce

transitive verb

1 : to produce (new individuals of the same kind) by a sexual or asexual process
2 : to achieve (an original result or score) again or anew by repeating an experiment or test

intransitive verb

1 : to undergo reproduction
2 : to produce offspring

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