- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for self-reproducing
- to make a copy, representation, or imitation of; duplicate
- (also intr) 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
- (intr) 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
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Word Origin and History for self-reproducing
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To produce a counterpart, an image, or a copy of something.
- To bring something to mind again.
- To generate offspring by sexual or asexual means.
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