- 1 [transitive] reproduce something to make a copy of a picture, piece of text, etc. It is illegal to reproduce these worksheets without permission from the publisher. The photocopier reproduces colours very well. This material can be reproduced without payment. The results are reproduced in Table 2. All illustrations are reproduced by kind permission of the Mercury Gallery.
- 2 [transitive] reproduce something to produce something again; to make something happen again in the same way The atmosphere of the novel is successfully reproduced in the movie. Unfortunately, he was never able to reproduce this level of performance in a competition.
- 3 [intransitive, transitive] if people, plants, animals, etc. reproduce or reproduce themselves, they produce young Most reptiles reproduce by laying eggs on land. reproduce itself cells reproducing themselves (= making new ones) See related entries: Cell biology Extra examples It is difficult to reproduce a signature exactly. Many single cell organisms reproduce by splitting in two. Photographs can be easily reproduced with a negative. The article may not be reproduced without written permission of the author. The book’s characters are faithfully reproduced in the film. The colours can be reproduced fairly accurately. The interview is reproduced by courtesy of ‘Attitude’. The map is reproduced here from a 19th-century original. The offspring have to be able to reproduce in their turn. The painting is reproduced here by courtesy of the Tate Gallery. The painting is reproduced very accurately. The photos are beautifully reproduced. The salmon would begin reproducing naturally. These works were popular and widely reproduced. They do not reproduce well in print. Writing grew out of an attempt to reproduce speech in a permanent form. a frog species successfully reproducing The computer program reproduces the effects of earthquakes on buildings. These cells reproduce themselves every twenty minutes.
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BrE BrE//ˌriːprəˈdjuːs//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːprəˈduːs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reproduce
BrE BrE//ˌriːprəˈdjuːs//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːprəˈduːs//he / she / it reproduces
BrE BrE//ˌriːprəˈdjuːsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːprəˈduːsɪz//past simple reproduced
BrE BrE//ˌriːprəˈdjuːst//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːprəˈduːst//past participle reproduced
BrE BrE//ˌriːprəˈdjuːst//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːprəˈduːst//-ing form reproducing
BrE BrE//ˌriːprəˈdjuːsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːprəˈduːsɪŋ//Cell biology