reproduce

verb re·pro·duce \ ˌrē-prə-ˈdüs , -ˈdyüs \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

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

reproducer

noun

reproducibility

play \ˌrē-prə-ˌdü-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌdyü-\ noun

reproducible

play \ˌrē-prə-ˈdü-sə-bəl, -ˈdyü-\ adjective or noun

reproducibly

play \ˌrē-prə-ˈdü-sə-blē\ adverb

Examples of reproduce in a Sentence

  1. The concert will be reproduced on compact disc.

  2. Sound effects can reproduce the sound of thunder.

  3. They haven't been able to reproduce the results of the first experiment.

  4. Salmon return to the stream to reproduce offspring.

  5. The virus is able to reproduce itself very rapidly.

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First Known Use of reproduce

circa 1611

reproduce Synonyms


REPRODUCE Defined for English Language Learners

reproduce

verb

Definition of reproduce for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

reproduce

verb re·pro·duce \ ˌrē-prə-ˈdüs , -ˈdyüs \

Definition of reproduce for Students

reproduced; reproducing
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

Medical Dictionary

reproduce

verb re·pro·duce \ ˌrē-prə-ˈd(y)üs \

medical Definition of reproduce

reproduced; reproducing
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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