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

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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In Hoffman’s view, evolution has shaped our brains to operate in much the same way, as a graphical interface that doesn’t reproduce the world with any sort of fidelity. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 All materials herein are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of ASC Services II Media, LLC. Fox News, "McConnell on marshalling the votes to confirm Kavanaugh," 7 Oct. 2018 The dying cell sacrifices its life so that the group can reproduce. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "The momentous transition to multicellular life may not have been so hard after all," 28 June 2018 The Pop artist, whose rendering of the word 'love' became one of the most iconic artworks of the 1960s and 1970s and was reproduced on everything from T-shirts to a popular postage stamp, has died. Brandon Griggs, CNN, "Robert Indiana, the pop artist behind the iconic 'Love' image, dies at 89," 22 May 2018 That number is likely to shrink further, as Lebanese Muslims are younger and reproducing faster. The Economist, "Lebanon’s political system leads to paralysis and corruption," 19 Apr. 2018 Sometimes the worms reproduce on the surface of the cow’s eye and the larvae is stored in tears. Shannon Barbour, Cosmopolitan, "This Is the Story of a Woman Who Pulled 14 Parasitic Worms Out of Her Eye," 13 Feb. 2018 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

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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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