from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To bring forth; yield: a plant that produces pink flowers.
  • transitive v. To create by physical or mental effort: produce a tapestry; produce a poem.
  • transitive v. To manufacture: factories that produce cars and trucks.
  • transitive v. To cause to occur or exist; give rise to: chemicals that produce a noxious vapor when mixed.
  • transitive v. To bring forth; exhibit: reached into a pocket and produced a packet of matches; failed to produce an eyewitness to the crime.
  • transitive v. To supervise and finance the making and public presentation of: produce a stage play; produce a videotape.
  • transitive v. Mathematics To extend (an area or volume) or lengthen (a line).
  • intransitive v. To make or yield products or a product: an apple tree that produces well.
  • intransitive v. To manufacture or create economic goods and services.
  • n. Something produced; a product.
  • n. Farm products, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, considered as a group.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To yield, make or manufacture; to generate.
  • v. To make (a thing) available to a person, an authority, etc.; to provide for inspection.
  • v. To sponsor and present (a motion picture, etc) to an audience or to the public.
  • v. To extend an area, or lengthen a line.
  • n. Items produced.
  • n. Amount produced.
  • n. Harvested agricultural goods collectively, especially vegetables and fruit, but possibly including eggs, dairy products and meat; the saleable food products of farms.
  • n. Offspring.
  • n. Livestock and pet food supplies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is produced, brought forth, or yielded; product; yield; proceeds; result of labor, especially of agricultural labors.
  • intransitive v. To yield or furnish appropriate offspring, crops, effects, consequences, or results.
  • transitive v. To bring forward; to lead forth; to offer to view or notice; to exhibit; to show.
  • transitive v. To bring forth, as young, or as a natural product or growth; to give birth to; to bear; to generate; to propagate; to yield; to furnish
  • transitive v. To cause to be or to happen; to originate, as an effect or result; to bring about
  • transitive v. To give being or form to; to manufacture; to make.
  • transitive v. To yield or furnish; to gain
  • transitive v. To draw out; to extend; to lengthen; to prolong.
  • transitive v. To extend; -- applied to a line, surface, or solid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lead or place forward or in front.
  • To lengthen out; extend; prolong.
  • To bring forward; bring or offer to view or notice; exhibit.
  • To bring forth; generate; bear; furnish; yield.
  • To cause; effect; bring about.
  • To make; bring into being or form: as, to produce wares.
  • To yield; make accrue: as, money produces interest; capital produces profit.
  • To afford, impart, give, occasion, furnish, supply.
  • To bring forth or yield appropriate offspring, products, or consequences: as, this tree produces well.
  • In political economics, to create value; make anything valuable; bring goods, crops, manufactures, etc., into a state in which they will command a price.
  • n. That which is produced; a product, of either natural growth, bodily yield, labor, or capital: as, the produce of the soil, of the flock, of the factory, etc.
  • n. Specifically — The total yield or outcome: as, the produce of the county for the past year has been very large.
  • n. In com., agricultural products, as grain, lard, hops, etc., and other articles, as petroleum, which are bought and sold with them on the same exchange.
  • n. In metallurgy, the assay percentage of copper ore.
  • n. Synonyms Product, etc. See production.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bring onto the market or release
  • v. bring forth or yield
  • v. cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques
  • n. fresh fruits and vegetable grown for the market
  • v. create or manufacture a man-made product
  • v. cause to happen, occur or exist
  • v. come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
  • v. bring out for display


Middle English producen, to proceed, extend, from Latin prōdūcere, to extend, bring forth : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin produco ("I lead forth or forward, bring forward, draw or stretch out, extend, prolong, conduct, etc., bring forth, bear, etc."), from pro ("forth, forward") + duco ("I lead, bring"). (Wiktionary)



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  • The produce section (of a supermarket); make, emit.

    November 22, 2007