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Topic: ARTS

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: producere, from ducere 'to lead'

produce

1 verb
     
pro‧duce1 S1 W1 [transitive]
1

cause

to cause a particular result or effect [↪ product]:
New drugs are producing remarkable results.
a rise in sea-level produced by climatic change
As a policy, it did not produce the desired effect.
see usage note produce2
2

create/make

TI to make, write etc something to be bought, used, or enjoyed by people [↪ product, production]:
The factory produces an incredible 100 cars per hour.
How did you manage to produce a meal so quickly?
mass-produced
3

make naturally

to grow something or make it naturally [↪ product, production]:
This region produces the grapes used in champagne.
Plants produce oxygen.
4

show

if you produce an object, you bring it out or present it, so that people can see or consider it:
When challenged, he produced a gun.
They were unable to produce any statistics to verify their claims.
5

play/film

A if someone produces a film or play, they find the money for it and control the way it is made [↪ producer]:
Costner produced and directed the film.
6

baby

MB to give birth to a baby or young animals:
An adult cat may produce kittens three times a year.
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