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Definition of produce verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they produce
    he / she / it produces
    past simple produced
    -ing form producing
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  1. 1produce something to make things to be sold, especially in large quantities synonym manufacture a factory that produces microchips see also mass-produce Thesaurusmakedo create develop produce generate formThese words all mean to make something from parts or materials, or to cause something to exist or happen.make to create or prepare something by combining materials or putting parts together; to cause something to exist or happen:She makes her own clothes. She made a good impression on the (somewhat informal) to make or prepare something, especially something artistic or something to eat:He did a beautiful drawing of a house. Who's doing the food for the party?create to make something exist or happen, especially something new that did not exist before:Scientists disagree about how the universe was created.make or create?Make is a more general word and is more often used for physical things: you would usually make a table/dress/cake but create jobs/wealth. You can use create for something physical in order to emphasize how original or unusual the object is:Try this new dish, created by our head chef.develop (used especially in business contexts) to think of and produce a new product:to develop new softwareproduce to make things to be sold; to create something using skill:a factory that produces microchipsgenerate to produce or create something, especially power, money, or ideas:to generate electricity Brainstorming is a good way of generating ideas.form [often passive] to make something from something else; to make something into something else:Rearrange the letters to form a new word. The chain is formed from 136 links.Patterns to make/create/develop/produce/generate/form something from/out of something to make/form something into something to make/produce wine/cheese to create/develop a new product to create/produce/generate income/profits/wealth to produce/generate electricity/heat/power Thesaurusproductgoods commodity merchandise produceThese are all words for things that are produced to be sold.product a thing that is produced or grown, usually to be sold:to create/develop/launch a new productgoods things that are produced to be sold:cotton/leather goods electrical/sporting goodscommodity (economics) a product or raw material that can be bought and sold, especially between countries:rice, flour, and other basic commoditiesmerchandise goods that are bought or sold; things that you can buy that are connected with or that advertise a particular event or organization:official Olympic merchandisegoods or merchandise?Choose goods if the emphasis is on what the product is made of or what it is for:leather/household goods. Choose merchandise if the emphasis is less on the product itself and more on its brand or the fact of buying/selling it.produce things that have been grown or made, especially things connected with farming:We sell only fresh local produce.Patterns consumer/industrial products/goods/commodities household products/goods farm products/produce luxury products/goods/commodities to sell/market a product/goods/a commodity/merchandise/produce to export a product/goods/a commodity/merchandise to buy/purchase a product/goods/a commodity/merchandise/produce
  2. make naturally
  3. 2produce something to grow or make something as part of a natural process; to have a baby or young animal The region produces over 50% of the country's wheat. These shrubs produce bright red berries. Our cat produced kittens last week. Her duty was to produce an heir to the throne.
  4. create with skill
  5. 3produce something to create something, especially when skill is needed She produced a delicious meal out of a few leftovers.
  6. result/effect
  7. 4produce something to cause a particular result or effect synonym bring somethingabout A phone call to the manager produced the result she wanted. The drug produces a feeling of excitement.
  8. show/bring out
  9. 5produce something (from/out of something) to show something or make something appear from somewhere He produced a letter from his pocket. At the meeting the finance director produced the figures for the previous year.
  10. person
  11. 6produce somebody if a town, country, etc. produces someone with a particular skill or quality, the person comes from that town, country, etc. He is the greatest athlete this country has ever produced.
  12. movie/play
  13. 7produce something to be in charge of preparing a movie, play, etc. for the public to see She produced a TV series about adopted children.
  14. Word Familyproduce verbproducer nounproduction nounproductive adjective (unproductive)productively adverbproduct nounproduce nounproduce verbproducer nounproduction nounproductive adjective (unproductive)productively adverbproduct nounproduce noun
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