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

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 This article is reproduced with permission and was first published on September 11, 2019. Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American, "Giant “Bubbles” Spotted Around Milky Way’s Black Hole," 11 Sep. 2019 Wildlife experts and veterinarians are hoping that the species can reproduce via a surrogate mother rhino. Time, "Scientists Fertilized 7 Northern White Rhino Eggs With Sperm From the Now-Dead Last Male," 26 Aug. 2019 According to the Texas Invasive Species Institute, these mollusks reproduce quickly and can wreak considerable damage on an ecosystem. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "An Invasive Species of Giant Snail is Plaguing One Texas Community," 24 July 2019 Keeping the cats and kittens from reproducing will help ease your burden greatly. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Rodeo woman’s family thinks she’s courting trouble feeding feral cats," 5 Aug. 2019 Never mind two devastating world wars; in the previous century, America was a bastion of the eugenics movement, which worked to prevent people deemed genetically unfit from reproducing -- by forced sterilization and other means. David Holahan, USA TODAY, "'Gods of the Upper Air': How renegade anthropologists studied, celebrated 'the other'," 5 Aug. 2019 Other bees, responsible for cleaning, will remove the larva from the hive, preventing the mite from reproducing. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Breeders toughen up bees to resist deadly mites," 25 July 2019 And releasing mosquitoes infected with a bacterial strain not found in wild mosquitoes would stop them from reproducing. Washington Post, "Scientists find new way to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes," 17 July 2019 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

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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
How to pronounce reproduce (audio)

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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