pro·duce (prə-ds, -dys, prō-)
v. pro·duced, pro·duc·ing, pro·duc·es
1. To bring forth; yield: a plant that produces pink flowers.
a. To create by physical or mental effort: produce a tapestry; produce a poem.
b. To manufacture: factories that produce cars and trucks.
3. To cause to occur or exist; give rise to: chemicals that produce a noxious vapor when mixed.
4. To bring forth; exhibit: reached into a pocket and produced a pack of matches; failed to produce an eyewitness to the crime.
5. To act or operate as producer for: produce a stage play; produce a video.
6. Mathematics To extend (an area or volume) or lengthen (a line).
1. To make or yield products or a product: an apple tree that produces well.
2. To manufacture or create economic goods and services.
n. (prŏds, prōds)
Farm products, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, considered as a group.
[Middle English producen, to proceed, extend, from Latin prōdūcere, to extend, bring forth : prō-, forward; see PRO-1 + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
pro·duci·ble, pro·ducea·ble adj.
Synonyms: produce, bear1, yield
These verbs mean to bring forth as a product: a mine that produces gold; a seed that finally bore fruit; a plant that yields a medicinal oil.
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