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 At his best, in projects like Dollhouse and Cabin in the Woods as well as Buffy, Whedon excels at giving viewers their sci-fi and horror thrills while also critiquing the retrograde tropes of identity and power those genres often reproduce. Judy Berman, Time, "Joss Whedon's Confusing, Overcrowded The Nevers Indulges in the Laziest Habits of TV's Dickens Obsession," 9 Apr. 2021 The voyage will take 86 years, meaning the crew will have to reproduce on board the space ship and their grandchildren will be the ones who reach the planet, if anyone does. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Voyagers’ Review: 2063: A Spaced-Out Odyssey," 8 Apr. 2021 And this family is trying to reproduce the state, and therefore questions of who comes in and who goes out have a different significance, and therefore they can’t be simply treated as minor. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Harry, Meghan, and the Pact Between the Royals and the Press," 11 Mar. 2021 During the pack’s stay in Texas, Kiseda is hopeful the breeding pair will continue to reproduce so El Paso will become home to a multi-generational pack. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Zoo sends Mexican gray wolves packing as officials survey imperiled species," 2 Feb. 2021 Because the printer’s software did not allow individual labels to be printed, county workers had to reproduce a new batch of 70 labels each time the error occurred. Washington Post, "At least 1,400 Virginia voters get duplicate absentee ballots amid rush to meet high demand, officials say," 25 Sep. 2020 Coaxing abalone to reproduce in the wild or in a lab is not easy. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Abalone diving is banned, and work goes on to restore the giant sea snail on California's coast," 16 Apr. 2021 As the film began, the couple was among the first and loudest to yell vulgar jokes at the screen, the majority of which aren’t fit to reproduce in a family newspaper. oregonlive, "‘Rocky Horror’ played to an empty theater for 54 weeks. Now, audiences return to Portland’s longest-running movie," 10 Apr. 2021 Perhaps predictably, given the tendency of conspiracy thinking to reproduce itself, Hoback seems to have lost a sense of proportion and of relative interest in his time in the rabbit hole. Daniel D'addario, chicagotribune.com, "Review: QAnon documentary ‘Q: Into the Storm’ investigates conspiracy-theory movement," 15 Mar. 2021

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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 17 May. 2021.

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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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