[verb pruh-doos, -dyoos; noun prod-oos, -yoos, proh-doos, -dyoos]

verb (used with object), pro·duced, pro·duc·ing.

verb (used without object), pro·duced, pro·duc·ing.

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 prod·uce [prod-oos, -yoos, proh-doos, -dyoos] /ˈprɒd us, -yus, ˈproʊ dus, -dyus/

Nearby words

  1. prodomos,
  2. prodromal,
  3. prodromal stage,
  4. prodrome,
  5. prodrug,
  6. produce race,
  7. producer,
  8. producer gas,
  9. producer goods,
  10. product

Origin of produce

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

Synonym study

13. See crop. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for produce

British Dictionary definitions for produce


verb (prəˈdjuːs)

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)

noun (ˈprɒdjuːs)

anything that is produced; product
agricultural products regarded collectivelyfarm produce
Derived Formsproducible, adjectiveproducibility, noun

Word Origin for produce

C15: from Latin prōdūcere to bring forward, from pro- 1 + dūcere to lead

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Word Origin and History for produce
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