To produce is to create, manufacture, or cultivate. We rely on agriculture to produce food and artists to produce art.

As a noun, produce (accented first syllable) is the product of gardening: fruits and vegetables. The verb form of this word (accented last syllable) has several meanings, all related to making, creating, bringing forth, or raising. At the airport, you might be asked to produce (show) some identification. To produce results is to get a job done or to have something to show for your work. To produce children is to give birth to them or raise them.

Definitions of produce
  1. verb
    bring forth or yield
    “The tree would not produce fruit”
    synonyms: bring forth
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    bear, birth, deliver, give birth, have
    cause to be born
    produce spores
    crank out, grind out
    produce in a routine or monotonous manner
    produce naturally
    give birth to twins
    give birth; used for animals
    give birth to a foal
    give birth to cubs
    have kittens
    give birth to a lamb
    give birth to a litter of animals
    pup, whelp
    farrow, pig
    give birth
    have fawns
    calve, have young
    bear, carry, expect, gestate, have a bun in the oven
    be pregnant with
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  2. verb
    come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
    synonyms: acquire, develop, get, grow
    acquire, develop, evolve
    gain through experience
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    feather, fledge
    grow feathers
    grow anew or continue growth after an injury or interruption
    develop suddenly
    sprout, stock
    put forth and grow sprouts or shoots
    stool, tiller
    grow shoots in the form of stools or tillers
    produce leaves, of plants
    produce pods, of plants
    grow teeth; cut the baby teeth
    develop into a pupa
    get up, work up
    have grow through the gums
    type of:
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  3. verb
    create or manufacture a man-made product
    “We produce more cars than we can sell”
    synonyms: create, make
    create, make
    create by artistic means
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    cause to procreate (animals)
    make over, redo, refashion, remake
    make new
    produce synthetically, artificially, or stereotypically and unoriginally
    produce below capacity or demand
    create or manufacture a specific amount
    pulsate, pulse
    produce or modulate (as electromagnetic waves) in the form of short bursts or pulses or cause an apparatus to produce pulses
    clap together, clap up, slap together
    make hastily and carelessly
    custom-make, customise, customize, tailor-make
    make to specifications
    dummy, dummy up
    make a dummy of
    turn out
    produce quickly or regularly, usually with machinery
    make by machinery
    churn out
    produce something at a fast rate
    produce in excess
    produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product
    put out
    put out considerable effort
    create laminate by bonding sheets of material with a bonding material
    produce or distribute illegally
    produce (energy)
    generate, give, render, return, yield
    give or supply
    extrude, squeeze out
    form or shape by forcing through an opening
    extract (metals) by heating
    make a copy or equivalent of
    preassemble, prefabricate
    to manufacture sections of (a building), especially in a factory, so that they can be easily transported to and rapidly assembled on a building site of buildings
    fudge together, throw together
    produce shoddily, without much attention to detail
    print, publish
    put into print
    make or construct
    make or take a proof of, such as a photographic negative, an etching, or typeset
    burn, cut
    create by duplicating data
    mongrelise, mongrelize
    cause to become a mongrel
    cross, crossbreed, hybridise, hybridize, interbreed
    breed animals or plants using parents of different races and varieties
    recast, reforge, remodel
    cast or model anew
    double, duplicate, reduplicate, repeat, replicate
    make or do or perform again
    make a duplicate or duplicates of
    reproduce threefold
    reproduce fourfold
    reissue, reprint
    print anew
    photocopy, run off, xerox
    reproduce by xerography
    play back, replay
    reproduce (a recording) on a recorder
    copy, imitate, simulate
    reproduce someone's behavior or looks
    publish again
    publish in a gazette
    take an impression of a person's fingerprints
    make into a print
  4. verb
    cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques
    “The Bordeaux region produces great red wines”
    “They produce good ham in Parma”
    synonyms: farm, grow, raise
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    bear (a crop)
    produce in excess; produce more than needed or wanted
    keep, move, or drive animals
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    foster the growth of
  5. verb
    cause to happen, occur or exist
    “This procedure produces a curious effect”
    “These chemicals produce a noxious vapor”
    synonyms: achieve, beget, bring about, give rise
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    induce, induct
    produce electric current by electrostatic or magnetic processes
    lead, leave, result
    have as a result or residue
    tend to or result in
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  6. verb
    bring out for display
    “The proud father produced many pictures of his baby”
    synonyms: bring forth
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    turn on
    produce suddenly or automatically
    type of:
    display, exhibit, expose
    show; make visible or apparent
  7. verb
    bring onto the market or release
    produce a movie”
    produce a new play”
    synonyms: bring on, bring out
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    produce or introduce on the stage
  8. noun
    fresh fruits and vegetable grown for the market
    synonyms: garden truck, green goods, green groceries
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    edible fruit
    edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
    veg, vegetable, veggie
    edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant
    any green goods that are good to eat
    julienne, julienne vegetable
    a vegetable cut into thin strips (usually used as a garnish)
    rabbit food, raw vegetable
    an uncooked vegetable
    the seedpod of a leguminous plant (such as peas, beans, or lentils)
    any of various herbaceous plants whose leaves or stems or flowers are cooked and used for food or seasoning
    green, greens, leafy vegetable
    any of various leafy plants or their leaves and stems eaten as vegetables
    solanaceous vegetable
    any of several fruits of plants of the family Solanaceae; especially of the genera Solanum, Capsicum, and Lycopersicon
    root vegetable
    any of various fleshy edible underground roots or tubers
    pieplant, rhubarb
    long pinkish sour leafstalks usually eaten cooked and sweetened
    cruciferous vegetable
    a vegetable of the mustard family: especially mustard greens; various cabbages; broccoli; cauliflower; brussels sprouts
    edible fruit of a squash plant; eaten as a vegetable
    cucumber, cuke
    cylindrical green fruit with thin green rind and white flesh eaten as a vegetable; related to melons
    artichoke, globe artichoke
    a thistlelike flower head with edible, fleshy leaves and heart
    artichoke heart
    the tender fleshy center of the immature artichoke flower
    edible young shoots of the asparagus plant
    bamboo shoot
    edible young shoots of bamboo
    an aromatic flavorful vegetable
    related to onions; white cylindrical bulb and flat dark-green leaves
    only parts eaten are roots and especially stalks (blanched and used as celery); related to artichokes
    stalks eaten raw or cooked or used as seasoning
    gumbo, okra
    long mucilaginous green pods; may be simmered or sauteed but used especially in soups and stews
    fleshy body of any of numerous edible fungi
    usually large pulpy deep-yellow round fruit of the squash family maturing in late summer or early autumn
    earthnut, truffle
    edible subterranean fungus of the genus Tuber
    fruit (especially peach) whose flesh does not adhere to the pit
    cling, clingstone
    fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit
    fruit that has fallen from the tree
    fruit with red or yellow or green skin and sweet to tart crisp whitish flesh
    any of numerous small and pulpy edible fruits; used as desserts or in making jams and jellies and preserves
    lansa, lansat, lanseh, lanset
    East Indian tart yellow berrylike fruit
    carambola, star fruit
    deeply ridged yellow-brown tropical fruit; used raw as a vegetable or in salad or when fully ripe as a dessert
    ceriman, monstera
    tropical cylindrical fruit resembling a pinecone with pineapple-banana flavor
    carissa plum, natal plum
    edible scarlet plumlike fruit of a South African plant
    citrous fruit, citrus, citrus fruit
    any of numerous fruits of the genus Citrus having thick rind and juicy pulp; grown in warm regions
    tangelo, ugli, ugli fruit
    large sweet juicy hybrid between tangerine and grapefruit having a thick wrinkled skin
    downy yellow to rosy-colored fruit resembling a small peach
    downy juicy fruit with sweet yellowish or whitish flesh
    a variety or mutation of the peach that has a smooth skin
    highly colored edible fruit of pitahaya cactus having bright red juice; often as large as a peach
    any of numerous varieties of small to medium-sized round or oval fruit having a smooth skin and a single pit
    dried fruit
    fruit preserved by drying
    fleshy sweet pear-shaped yellowish or purple multiple fruit eaten fresh or preserved or dried
    ananas, pineapple
    large sweet fleshy tropical fruit with a terminal tuft of stiff leaves; widely cultivated
    anchovy pear, river pear
    West Indian fruit resembling the mango; often pickled
    elongated crescent-shaped yellow fruit with soft sweet flesh
    passion fruit
    egg-shaped tropical fruit of certain passionflower vines; used for sherbets and confectionery and drinks
    a large round seedless or seeded fruit with a texture like bread; eaten boiled or baked or roasted or ground into flour; the roasted seeds resemble chestnuts
    jack, jackfruit, jak
    immense East Indian fruit resembling breadfruit; it contains an edible pulp and nutritious seeds that are commonly roasted
    canistel, eggfruit
    ovoid orange-yellow mealy sweet fruit of Florida and West Indies
    any of numerous fruits of the gourd family having a hard rind and sweet juicy flesh
    a red fruit with a single hard stone
    coco plum, cocoa plum, icaco
    plum-shaped whitish to almost black fruit used for preserves; tropical American
    any of various juicy fruit of the genus Vitis with green or purple skins; grow in clusters
    custard apple
    the fruit of any of several tropical American trees of the genus Annona having soft edible pulp
    papaw, pawpaw
    fruit with yellow flesh; related to custard apples
    large oval melon-like tropical fruit with yellowish flesh
    kai apple
    South African fruit smelling and tasting like apricots; used for pickles and preserves
    ketembilla, kitambilla, kitembilla
    maroon-purple gooseberry-like fruit of India having tart-sweet purple pulp used especially for preserves
    ackee, akee
    red pear-shaped tropical fruit with poisonous seeds; flesh is poisonous when unripe or overripe
    huge fruit native to southeastern Asia `smelling like Hell and tasting like Heaven'; seeds are roasted and eaten like nuts
    feijoa, pineapple guava
    dark-green kiwi-sized tropical fruit with white flesh; used chiefly for jellies and preserves
    Spanish lime, genip
    round one-inch Caribbean fruit with green leathery skin and sweet juicy translucent pulp; eaten like grapes
    genipap, genipap fruit
    a succulent orange-sized tropical fruit with a thick rind
    Chinese gooseberry, kiwi, kiwi fruit
    fuzzy brown egg-shaped fruit with slightly tart green flesh
    Japanese plum, loquat
    yellow olive-sized semitropical fruit with a large free stone and relatively little flesh; used for jellies
    two- to three-inch tropical fruit with juicy flesh suggestive of both peaches and pineapples
    large oval tropical fruit having smooth skin, juicy aromatic pulp, and a large hairy seed
    sapodilla, sapodilla plum, sapota
    tropical fruit with a rough brownish skin and very sweet brownish pulp
    mammee, marmalade plum, sapote
    brown oval fruit flesh makes excellent sherbet
    tamarind, tamarindo
    large tropical seed pod with very tangy pulp that is eaten fresh or cooked with rice and fish or preserved for curries and chutneys
    aguacate, alligator pear, avocado, avocado pear
    a pear-shaped tropical fruit with green or blackish skin and rich yellowish pulp enclosing a single large seed
    sweet edible fruit of the date palm with a single long woody seed
    berrylike fruit of an elder used for e.g. wines and jellies
    tropical fruit having yellow skin and pink pulp; eaten fresh or used for e.g. jellies
    purplish tropical fruit
    hog plum, yellow mombin
    yellow oval tropical fruit
    hog plum, wild plum
    fruit of the wild plum of southern United States
    tough-skinned purple grapelike tropical fruit grown in Brazil
    Chinese date, Chinese jujube, jujube
    dark red plumlike fruit of Old World buckthorn trees
    leechee, lichee, lichi, litchee, litchi, litchi nut, lychee
    Chinese fruit having a thin brittle shell enclosing a sweet jellylike pulp and a single seed; often dried
    dragon's eye, longanberry
    Asian fruit similar to litchi
    mamey, mammee, mammee apple
    globular or ovoid tropical fruit with thick russet leathery rind and juicy yellow or reddish flesh
    tropical fruit from the Philippines having a mass of small seeds embedded in sweetish white pulp
    crabapple-like fruit used for preserves
    a South African globular fruit with brown leathery skin and pithy flesh having a sweet-acid taste
    sweet juicy gritty-textured fruit available in many varieties
    starchy banana-like fruit; eaten (always cooked) as a staple vegetable throughout the tropics
    hybrid between plum and apricot
    large globular fruit having many seeds with juicy red pulp in a tough brownish-red rind
    prickly pear
    round or pear-shaped spiny fruit of any of various prickly pear cacti
    small berrylike fruit
    Barbados gooseberry, blade apple
    small yellow to orange fruit of the Barbados gooseberry cactus used in desserts and preserves and jellies
    native peach, quandang, quandong, quantong
    red Australian fruit; used for dessert or in jam
    aromatic acid-tasting pear-shaped fruit used in preserves
    rambotan, rambutan
    pleasantly acid bright red oval Malayan fruit covered with soft spines
    pulasan, pulassan
    fruit of an East Indian tree similar to the rambutan but sweeter
    rose apple
    fragrant oval yellowish tropical fruit used in jellies and confections
    sorb, sorb apple
    acid gritty-textured fruit
    sour gourd
    acid-tasting Australian gourd-like fruit with a woody rind and large seeds
    monkey bread, sour gourd
    African gourd-like fruit with edible pulp
    Florence fennel, fennel, finocchio
    aromatic bulbous stem base eaten cooked or raw in salads
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    food, solid food
    any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment
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