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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
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Examples from the web for produced
  • Specially made to filter out dull yellow ray produced by standard incandescent bulbs.
  • All the rain we've had produced an alarming amount of weeds.
  • In fact, many commercially produced tobacco plants are resistant to the virus.
  • Not all highly regarded olive oils are estate-produced.
  • And yet, during all that action, nothing more is produced than what is produced by the burning of the candle in air.
  • They have a strong family likeness, for the excellent reason that they were produced imitatively to suit a fashion.
  • The period of the forties was somewhat stronger in the number, if not in the quality, of the poetesses it produced.
  • The appearance of the books that were produced was mean.
  • The final measure of the greatness of all peoples is the amount and standard of the literature and art they have produced.
  • Developing the negatives was costly, time-consuming and often produced streaked or blurry images.
British Dictionary definitions for produced


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 produced



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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