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"produce" in English

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produceverb [ T ]

uk /prəˈdʒuːs/ us /prəˈduːs/

produce verb [ T ] (MAKE)

B1 to make something or bring something into existence:

France produces a great deal of wine for export.
Red blood cells are produced in the bone marrow.
She works for a company that produces (= makes for sale) electrical goods.
I was wondering whether I could produce a meal out of what's left in the fridge.
She's asked me to produce a report on the state of the project.

When animals produce young, they give birth to them:

Our cat produced four kittens during the course of the night.
humorous All our friends seem to be busy producing offspring at the moment.

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produce verb [ T ] (FILM/MUSIC)

to be in charge of making a musical recording and to be responsible for the arrangement of the music, the combination of the different instruments or voices and the general sound of it

producenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈprɒdʒ.uːs/ us /ˈprɑː.duːs/

(Definition of “produce” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"produce" in American English

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produceverb [ T ]

us /prəˈdus/

produce verb [ T ] (MAKE)

to create something or bring into existence:

Bukowski produced poetry and novels.
Dairy goods and beef are produced locally.

produce verb [ T ] (ORGANIZE A SHOW)

to organize the financial and other practical matters connected with the making of a movie, play, television show, or other entertainment program:

He produced a couple of wonderful films.

produce verb [ T ] (BRING OUT)

to bring something out and show it:

He walked up and produced his passport.

produce verb [ T ] (CAUSE)

to cause a reaction or result:

Too much coffee can produce unwanted side-effects.

producenoun [ U ]

us /ˈprɑd·us, ˈproʊ·dus/

produce noun [ U ] (FOOD)

food that is grown or raised through farming, esp. fruits and vegetables:

local produce

(Definition of “produce” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"produce" in Business English

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produceverb [ T ]

uk /prəˈdjuːs/ us /prəˈduːs/ PRODUCTION

to make or grow something to be sold:

Foreign-owned companies now produce a quarter of our manufacturing output.
Unlike ethanol made from corn, not a drop of cellulosic ethanol is being commercially produced.
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to make a particular thing happen:

The arrival of competition in the telecoms industry produced a surge of talent and innovation.

to organize the practical and financial arrangements for a film, television programme, etc.:

He produced several current-affairs programmes before being appointed Chairman of the channel.

to provide something to be examined:

Consultants produced a report recommending that 1,200 posts be cut.

producenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈprɒdjuːs/ us /prəˈduːs/ PRODUCTION

food that has been grown on a farm, especially to be sold:

dairy/fresh/organic produce

(Definition of “produce” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)