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 And while babesia has never been reported in Colorado and only once in the past five years in Montana, it had certainly been seen in other states across the U.S. Babesia microti is a parasite that, like malaria, invades red blood cells to reproduce. New York Times, 14 Oct. 2021 MacRumors was able to reproduce the issue on multiple iPad mini 6 units on display at an Apple Store. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 27 Sep. 2021 Many shelters slowed down or even closed, and that means that thousands more animals were left on the streets -- or woods or fields -- to reproduce. Daniel I. Dorfman,, 21 Sep. 2021 Even though the benefits were hard to reproduce (and wore off within minutes), the fad of Mozart for babies’ brain development was born. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 20 Sep. 2021 Giant sequoias, found only in California and primarily in the southern Sierra Nevada, need fire to reproduce. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 Instead, according to the personal records of the fish farmer housed in the archives at the University of Central Arkansas, the state hatchery workers decided to try to get the novel brood to reproduce., 30 Aug. 2021 Thus dresses in georgette and tulle were embroidered to uncannily reproduce the kaleidoscopic patterns of Murano glass, or the serpentine patterns on the floor of St Mark’s. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 29 Aug. 2021 The shots are based on the same technology as Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, wherein the mRNA strands enter human cells and provide them with the code to reproduce the same proteins that exist on the virus' exterior, Popular Science reports. Erin Corbett,, 18 Aug. 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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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


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


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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