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

Synonyms for reproduce

Synonyms

breed, multiply, procreate, propagate

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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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That policy shift was swiftly reproduced at other stores, including Kroger, CVS, Walgreens and Wegmans. NBC News, "145 businesses signed the gun control letter — but many more didn't," 12 Sep. 2019 When making the resin versions of the keepsakes, Quick would usually reproduce just part of an object. San Diego Union-Tribune, "New Americans Museum exhibit tells San Diego’s stories — one keepsake at a time," 10 Sep. 2019 There’s also something new: the AMD Monitoring SDK, designed to provide a framework for public reporting on various processor metrics, essentially reproducing the informal processor speed survey that helped unearth the original boost issue. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "AMD issues updated BIOS to fix Ryzen boost bug, promising up to 50MHz more boost," 10 Sep. 2019 Additionally, this type of catalyst can be reproduced at a much larger scale. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Here's a Machine That Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Liquid Fuel," 4 Sep. 2019 The fantastically intricate task of reproducing the eleven stones took five years. Calvin Tomkins, The New Yorker, "Vija Celmins’s Surface Matters," 26 Aug. 2019 There is very little room for movement in this new order, as the rich and highly skilled prepare their children exceptionally well for the meritocratic race, reproducing what has become a caste of rich super-skilled people. Sarah Leonard, The New Republic, "The Fall of the Meritocracy," 5 Sep. 2019 But Ehrlich has been proven obviously and dramatically wrong — and not because citizens of the world listened to his cries and ceased reproducing. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "Bernie Sanders Advocates Population Control in ‘Poor Countries’," 5 Sep. 2019 Her characters aren’t meant to be quoted in inspirational memes, or reproduced on placards, or held up as paragons of empowerment or feminist virtue. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Challenge of Margaret Atwood," 5 Sep. 2019

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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

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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