reproduce

verb
re·​pro·​duce | \ˌrē-prə-ˈdüs, -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 , -​ˌdyü-​ \ noun
reproducible \ ˌrē-​prə-​ˈdü-​sə-​bəl , -​ˈdyü-​ \ adjective or noun
reproducibly \ ˌrē-​prə-​ˈdü-​sə-​blē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for reproduce

Synonyms

clone, copy, copycat, duplicate, imitate, reduplicate, render, replicate

Antonyms

originate

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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

Mussels are sensitive creatures that only survive in clean water and need host species to reproduce. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland begins program to replenish freshwater mussels," 17 May 2018 To faithfully reproduce the restaurant’s Belle Epoque interiors, the owners sought out Henri Samuel. David Netto, Town & Country, "The Enduring Legacy of French Interior Designer Henri Samuel," 15 Mar. 2018 Excerpts from the emails, reproduced in the criminal complaint, are graphic. Vinny Vella, Philly.com, "Ex-Bucks theater director accused of sending explicit prison emails to underage girl," 9 July 2018 Erica, a week before her due date, sends Heti a picture of a painting by Berthe Morisot (reproduced in the novel) of a mother leaning over a cradle. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Sheila Heti Wrestles with a Big Decision in “Motherhood”," 30 Apr. 2018 Poliovirus is designed to infect cells and reproduce for a few weeks, and once the microbes have done their work in infecting cells, their anti-cancer effect wanes as well. Alice Park, Time, "Polio Virus Could Help Treat Brain Cancer. Here's How," 26 June 2018 Hirving Lozano is becoming an international star, Javier Hernandez is reproducing his finest World Cup form and Guillermo Ochoa is remembering how to be a world class goalkeeper. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Mexico could still face disaster in World Cup despite two wins," 24 June 2018 Gaynor said being forced to work the night shift might be harmful to the animals’ ability to survive and reproduce. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Humans are driving animals to take cover in night, study finds," 14 June 2018 If the Atacama's bacteria could start reproducing again, why couldn't the microorganisms on Mars? David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "There Is Life That Can Reproduce in the Most Mars-Like Place on Earth," 27 Feb. 2018

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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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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, -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 \
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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