- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for produce
He was then literally slapped around by the high priest, who pulled on his ears in an effort to produce tears.New Year’s Eve, Babylon Style
December 31, 2014
Disney has a choice whether to produce a program with certain fictional characters; the storyline could be re-written or changed.Yep, Korra and Asami Went in the Spirit Portal and Probably Kissed
December 25, 2014
Brinsley was trying to produce tracks—hip-hop, mostly—and he apparently had a knack as a techie.Alleged Cop Killer’s Blood-Soaked Screenplay
December 24, 2014
The NRA supports the open carry of guns in cafes, burrito shops, and the produce aisle.The NRA’s Twisted List for Santa
December 23, 2014
To produce deliciously smooth drams of single malt, the region has refined the ancient art of distillation.When It Comes to Great Whisky, The Size of Your Still Matters
December 9, 2014
As the nation develops, it must produce men of high culture.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
See what grave reflections an innocent subject will produce!
The bearer, if suspected and examined, is to produce that as the only one he carries.
It was, however, enough to produce dew for some mornings to come.
To produce the gold color, only the yolks of the eggs are used.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
- to bring (something) into existence; yield
- to bring forth (a product) by mental or physical effort; makeshe produced a delicious dinner for us
- (tr) to give birth to
- (tr) to manufacture (a commodity)this firm produces cartons
- (tr) to give rise toher joke produced laughter
- (tr) to present to viewto produce evidence
- to bring before the publiche 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
- (tr) geometry to extend (a line)
- anything that is produced; product
- agricultural products regarded collectivelyfarm produce
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.