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reproduce

[ree-pruh-doos, -dyoos]
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verb (used with object), re·pro·duced, re·pro·duc·ing.
  1. to make a copy, representation, duplicate, or close imitation of: to reproduce a picture.
  2. to produce again or anew by natural process: to reproduce a severed branch.
  3. Biology. to produce one or more other individuals of (a given kind of organism) by some process of generation or propagation, sexual or asexual.
  4. to cause or foster the reproduction of (organisms).
  5. to produce, form, make, or bring about again or anew in any manner.
  6. to recall to the mind or have a mental image of (a past incident, scene, etc.), as by the aid of memory or imagination.
  7. to produce again, as a play produced at an earlier time.
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verb (used without object), re·pro·duced, re·pro·duc·ing.
  1. to reproduce its kind, as an organism; propagate; bear offspring.
  2. to turn out in a given manner when copied: This picture will reproduce well.
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Origin of reproduce

First recorded in 1605–15; re- + produce
Related formsre·pro·duc·er, nounre·pro·duc·i·ble, adjectivere·pro·duc·i·bil·i·ty, nounnon·re·pro·duc·i·ble, adjectiveself-re·pro·duc·ing, adjectiveun·re·pro·duc·i·ble, adjective

Synonyms

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3. generate, propagate, beget. 5. repeat. See imitate.
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Examples from the Web for self-reproducing

Historical Examples

  • A man is a self-reproducing machine, and an iron machine is one that has to be reproduced by somebody else.

    Crowds

    Gerald Stanley Lee

  • The living creature is a self-stoking, self-repairing, and also—it may be noted in passing—a self-reproducing engine.

    Herbert Spencer

    J. Arthur Thomson


British Dictionary definitions for self-reproducing

reproduce

verb (mainly tr)
  1. to make a copy, representation, or imitation of; duplicate
  2. (also intr) biology to undergo or cause to undergo a process of reproduction
  3. to produce or exhibit again
  4. to bring back into existence again; re-create
  5. to bring before the mind again (a scene, event, etc) through memory or imagination
  6. (intr) to come out (well, badly, etc), when copied
  7. to replace (damaged parts or organs) by a process of natural growth; regenerate
  8. to cause (a sound or television recording) to be heard or seen
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Derived Formsreproducible, adjectivereproducibly, adverbreproducibility, noun
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Word Origin and History for self-reproducing

reproduce

v.

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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self-reproducing in Medicine

reproduce

(rē′prə-dōōs, -dyōōs′)
v.
  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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