[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/

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 formspro·duc·i·ble, pro·duce·a·ble, pro·duct·i·ble, adjectivepro·duc·i·bil·i·ty, pro·duct·i·bil·i·ty [pruh-duhk-tuh-bil-i-tee] /prəˌdʌk təˈbɪl ɪ ti/, pro·duc·i·ble·ness, pro·duce·a·ble·ness, nounin·ter·pro·duce, verb (used with object), in·ter·pro·duced, in·ter·pro·duc·ing.mis·pro·duce, verb, mis·pro·duced, mis·pro·duc·ing.non·pro·duc·i·ble, adjectivenon·pro·duc·ing, adjectiveout·pro·duce, verb (used with object), out·pro·duced, out·pro·duc··per·pro·duce, verb, su·per·pro·duced, su·per·pro·duc··per·pro·duce, nounun·pro·duced, adjectiveun·pro·duc·i·ble, adjective

Synonyms for produce

1. generate, create. 5. afford. 7. show.

Synonym study

13. See crop.

Antonyms for produce Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

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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