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[v. pruh-doos, -dyoos; n. prod-oos, -yoos, proh-doos, -dyoos] /v. prəˈdus, -ˈdyus; n. ˈprɒd us, -yus, ˈproʊ dus, -dyus/
verb (used with object), produced, producing.
to bring into existence; give rise to; cause:
to produce steam.
to bring into existence by intellectual or creative ability:
to produce a great painting.
to make or manufacture:
to produce automobiles for export.
to bring forth; give birth to; bear:
to produce a litter of puppies.
to provide, furnish, or supply; yield:
a mine producing silver.
Finance. to cause to accrue:
stocks producing unexpected dividends.
to bring forward; present to view or notice; exhibit:
to produce one's credentials.
to bring (a play, movie, opera, etc.) before the public.
to extend or prolong, as a line.
verb (used without object), produced, producing.
to create, bring forth, or yield offspring, products, etc.:
Their mines are closed because they no longer produce.
Economics. to create economic value; bring crops, goods, etc., to a point at which they will command a price.
noun, produce
something that is produced; yield; product.
agricultural products collectively, especially vegetables and fruits.
offspring, especially of a female animal:
the produce of a mare.
Origin of produce
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English producen < Latin prōdūcere to lead or bring forward, extend, prolong, produce, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + dūcere to lead
Related forms
producible, produceable, productible, adjective
producibility, productibility
[pruh-duhk-tuh-bil-i-tee] /prəˌdʌk təˈbɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
producibleness, produceableness, noun
interproduce, verb (used with object), interproduced, interproducing.
misproduce, verb, misproduced, misproducing.
nonproducible, adjective
nonproducing, adjective
outproduce, verb (used with object), outproduced, outproducing.
superproduce, verb, superproduced, superproducing.
superproduce, noun
unproduced, adjective
unproducible, adjective
1. generate, create. 5. afford. 7. show. 13. See crop.
1. destroy, ruin. 7. conceal. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for produce
  • Any play is so planned that it can produce its exact effect only with its required scenery, lighting, and acting.
  • Anyone can make one of these and they generate more useable, cheaper, and much easier to produce energy than photovoltaics.
  • Another way to extend the life of fresh fruits and vegetables is to buy irradiated produce.
  • It's a reliable recipe, but subtle changes produce surprising differences.
  • It would only be so if you could produce or suggest something that it pretends to be and is not.
  • To justify that, the conduct from which it is desired to deter him, must be calculated to produce evil to some one else.
  • The velocity must therefore always remain less than c, however great may be the energies used to produce the acceleration.
  • Others, a handful in number, produce enough food to feed all of us and then the world beyond.
  • If sharp, wit is apt to produce a feeling of mistrust even while it stimulates.
  • He could not produce wonderful effects by the use of a few plain words.
British Dictionary definitions for produce


verb (prəˈdjuːs)
to bring (something) into existence; yield
to bring forth (a product) by mental or physical effort; make: she produced a delicious dinner for us
(transitive) to give birth to
(transitive) to manufacture (a commodity): this firm produces cartons
(transitive) to give rise to: her joke produced laughter
(transitive) to present to view: to produce evidence
to bring before the public: he produced two plays and a film last year
to conceive and create the overall sound of (a record) and supervise its arrangement, recording, and mixing
(transitive) (geometry) to extend (a line)
noun (ˈprɒdjuːs)
anything that is produced; product
agricultural products regarded collectively: farm produce
Derived Forms
producible, adjective
producibility, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin prōdūcere to bring forward, from pro-1 + dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for produce

early 15c., "develop, proceed, extend," from Latin producere "lead or bring forth, draw out," figuratively "to promote, empower; stretch out, extend," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + ducere "to bring, lead" (see duke). Sense of "bring into being" is first recorded 1510s; that of "put (a play) on stage" is from 1580s. Related: Produced; producing.


"thing or things produced," 1690s, from produce (v.), and originally accented like it. Specific sense of "agricultural productions" (as distinguished from manufactured goods) is from 1745.

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