reproduce

[ree-pruh-doos, -dyoos]
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verb (used with object), re·pro·duced, re·pro·duc·ing.

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

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 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 for reproduce

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Examples from the Web for self-reproducing

Historical Examples of self-reproducing

  • 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)

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
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.

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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