To reproduce is to make more, either by having babies or creating copies. Parents and copy machines both reproduce.

To produce is "to make something," and re means “again,” so reproduce literally means to “produce again.” When animals and plants make more of their own kind, they reproduce. Plants reproduce asexually, and people reproduce through childbirth. You can also reproduce a book by printing more copies or a computer file by copying it. Reproducing always creates more of something.

Definitions of reproduce
  1. verb
    make a copy or equivalent of
    reproduce the painting”
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    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
    take an impression of a person's fingerprints
    make into a print
    conform to, follow
    behave in accordance or in agreement with
    imitate with mockery and derision
    copy, replicate
    reproduce or make an exact copy of
    repeat stages of evolutionary development during the embryonic phase of life
    geminate, reduplicate
    form by reduplication
    photocopy printed or other graphic matter so that it is reduced in size
    make a copy by means of a Photostat device
    take off
    mimic or imitate in an amusing or satirical manner
    mime, mimic
    imitate (a person or manner), especially for satirical effect
    model, pattern
    plan or create according to a model or models
    follow, take after
    imitate in behavior; take as a model
    make by lithography
    print by silkscreen
    mark or print with a stencil
    engrave, etch
    carve or cut into a block used for printing or print from such a block
    make an etching of
    strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
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    create, make, produce
    create or manufacture a man-made product
  2. verb
    recreate a sound, image, idea, mood, atmosphere, etc.
    “this DVD player reproduces the sound of the piano very well”
    “He reproduced the feeling of sadness in the portrait”
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    catch, get
    apprehend and reproduce accurately
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    form anew in the imagination; recollect and re-form in the mind
  3. verb
    have offspring or produce more individuals of a given animal or plant
    synonyms: multiply, procreate
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    multiply sexually or asexually
    fructify, set
    bear fruit
    breed, multiply
    have young (animals) or reproduce (organisms)
    brood, cover, hatch, incubate
    sit on (eggs)
    propagate asexually
    breed freely and abundantly
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  4. verb
    repeat after memorization
    synonyms: regurgitate
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    echo, repeat
    to say again or imitate
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