Meaning of “reproduction” in the English Dictionary

"reproduction" in British English

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uk /ˌriː.prəˈdʌk.ʃən/ us /ˌriː.prəˈdʌk.ʃən/

reproduction noun (PRODUCING YOUNG)

C2 [ U ] the process of having babies, producing young, or producing new plants:

human/sexual reproduction
We are researching reproduction in elephants/the reproduction of elephants.

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  • asexual reproduction
  • In human reproduction, one female egg is usually fertilized by one sperm.
  • Sexual reproduction serves to create genetic variety.
  • I'm no expert on human reproduction.
  • They are calling for a ban on reproduction for human cloning.

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

"reproduction" in American English

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us /ˌri·prəˈdʌk·ʃən/

reproduction noun (PRODUCE NEW LIFE)

[ U ] the act or process of producing new life

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

"reproduction" in Business English

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uk /ˌriːprəˈdʌkʃən/ us

[ C ] COMMERCE a copy of something, especially a work of art or a piece of furniture:

The museum sells cheap reproductions of some of its key artefacts.

[ U ] the process of copying something such as a book, document, or photograph:

Allow plenty of time for the physical typing and reproduction of your report.
They used a new photo reproduction technique.
Digital reproduction methods make the task much easier.

reproductionadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˌriːprəˈdʌkʃən/ us COMMERCE

used to describe something that is not original but a copy of something else:

They supply reproduction furniture to high-class hotels.
We sell reproduction beams and wood panelling.

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