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[ree-pruh-doos, -dyoos] /ˌri prəˈdus, -ˈdyus/
verb (used with object), reproduced, reproducing.
to make a copy, representation, duplicate, or close imitation of:
to reproduce a picture.
to produce again or anew by natural process:
to reproduce a severed branch.
Biology. to produce one or more other individuals of (a given kind of organism) by some process of generation or propagation, sexual or asexual.
to cause or foster the reproduction of (organisms).
to produce, form, make, or bring about again or anew in any manner.
to recall to the mind or have a mental image of (a past incident, scene, etc.), as by the aid of memory or imagination.
to produce again, as a play produced at an earlier time.
verb (used without object), reproduced, reproducing.
to reproduce its kind, as an organism; propagate; bear offspring.
to turn out in a given manner when copied:
This picture will reproduce well.
Origin of reproduce
First recorded in 1605-15; re- + produce
Related forms
reproducer, noun
reproducible, adjective
reproducibility, noun
nonreproducible, adjective
self-reproducing, adjective
unreproducible, adjective
3. generate, propagate, beget. 5. repeat. See imitate. Unabridged
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  • Never again could she so strive successfully to reproduce her pattern.

    Four Arthurian Romances Chretien DeTroyes
  • You long to reproduce and express at home the music you have heard elsewhere.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • He could draw the funniest pictures you ever saw—I wish I could reproduce the letters he sent his sons from the East.

    An American Idyll Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • It has only been possible to endeavour to reproduce them in substance.

    Gloria Crucis J. H. Beibitz
  • The plant bursts from the earth, grows, bears its produce, and drops the matured seed to reproduce itself.

British Dictionary definitions for reproduce


verb (mainly transitive)
to make a copy, representation, or imitation of; duplicate
(also intransitive) (biology) to undergo or cause to undergo a process of reproduction
to produce or exhibit again
to bring back into existence again; re-create
to bring before the mind again (a scene, event, etc) through memory or imagination
(intransitive) to come out (well, badly, etc), when copied
to replace (damaged parts or organs) by a process of natural growth; regenerate
to cause (a sound or television recording) to be heard or seen
Derived Forms
reproducible, adjective
reproducibly, adverb
reproducibility, noun
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Word Origin and History for reproduce

1610s, "to produce again," from re- "again" + produce (v.), probably on model of French reproduire (16c.). Sense of "make a copy" is first recorded 1850; that of "produce offspring" is from 1894. Related: Reproduced; reproducing.

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reproduce in Medicine

reproduce re·pro·duce (rē'prə-dōōs', -dyōōs')
v. re·pro·duced, re·pro·duc·ing, re·pro·duc·es

  1. To produce a counterpart, an image, or a copy of something.

  2. To bring something to mind again.

  3. To generate offspring by sexual or asexual means.

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