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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 producing
  • The main attraction is still renting movies by mail, but now the company is producing its own indie flicks.
  • Soon the ant dies, its body converted into an egg-producing factory.
  • It's teeming with bacteria, and scientists say that the microbes play a powerful role in producing rain and snow.
  • It develops rapidly, due to a mysterious autoimmune reaction that attacks the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas.
  • Economies of scale are factors that cause the average cost of producing something to fall as the volume of its output increases.
  • The fuel cell takes hydrogen and oxygen and combines them into water vapour, producing electricity in the process.
  • For decades, their government has poured money into farm subsidies, producing some of the world's costliest wheat.
  • It does so through surveys, on-campus training and producing a guide book on responding to climate change.
  • The school has sunk considerable sums into the project, producing slick online lectures and investing in technology.
  • But quite how a nicer climate ends up producing more species is a mystery.
British Dictionary definitions for producing


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 producing



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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