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 reproduce (audio) , -​ˌdyü-​ \ noun
reproducible \ ˌrē-​prə-​ˈdü-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce reproduce (audio) , -​ˈdyü-​ \ adjective or noun
reproducibly \ ˌrē-​prə-​ˈdü-​sə-​blē How to pronounce reproduce (audio) \ adverb

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Regulators also required them to discard immature fish, even though the fish were unlikely to survive and reproduce. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Researchers say Europe’s ban on throwing unwanted fish overboard is backfiring," 13 Jan. 2021 Studies of fish near coral reefs show various species band together to survive and reproduce. Erika Larsen, National Geographic, "The end of greyhound racing?," 1 Oct. 2020 The larger size offered groups protection against raids by other humans, increasing their ability to survive and reproduce, which in turn allowed for the natural selection of a propensity for synchrony in future generations, Dunbar contends. Marta Zaraska, Scientific American, "Moving in Sync Creates Surprising Social Bonds among People," 1 Oct. 2020 Here fish of various species band together, developing social networks exactly to survive and reproduce. Matt Simon, Wired, "Fish Form Social Networks—and They're Actually Good," 29 Sep. 2020 Nationwide, bald eagle populations continued to decline throughout the 1950s and ’60s because pesticides, sich as DDT, interfered with their ability to reproduce. Amy Lavalley, chicagotribune.com, "National bird returns home to roost in Indiana; Bald eagle removed from endangered list," 31 Dec. 2020 Credit scores and the companies that issue them reproduce the racial wealth gap and bolster the discriminatory policies that create it. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Biden wants to change how credit scores work in America," 18 Dec. 2020 Although certain viruses reproduce immediately, killing their host bacteria, other phages just persist inside their host, as if in quiet hibernation. David Pride, Scientific American, "Viruses Can Help Us as Well as Harm Us," 7 Dec. 2020 The channel caused salinity levels to dramatically increase, both killing remaining cypress and blocking their ability to reproduce. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "MR-GO closure improving environment, but more wetlands, swamp restoration needed: report," 3 Oct. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reproduce. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for reproduce

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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