AskDefine | Define produce

Dictionary Definition

produce n : fresh fruits and vegetable grown for the market [syn: green goods, green groceries, garden truck]


1 bring forth or yield; "The tree would not produce fruit" [syn: bring forth]
2 create or manufacture a man-made product; "We produce more cars than we can sell"; "The company has been making toys for two centuries" [syn: make, create]
3 cause to occur or exist; "This procedure produces a curious effect"; "The new law gave rise to many complaints"; "These chemicals produce a noxious vapor" [syn: bring about, give rise]
4 bring out for display; "The proud father produced many pictures of his baby"; "The accused brought forth a letter in court that he claims exonerates him" [syn: bring forth]
5 bring onto the market or release; "produce a movie"; "bring out a book"; "produce a new play" [syn: bring on, bring out]
6 cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques; "The Bordeaux region produces great red wines"; "They produce good ham in Parma"; "We grow wheat here"; "We raise hogs here" [syn: grow, raise, farm]
7 come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes); "He grew a beard"; "The patient developed abdominal pains"; "I got funny spots all over my body"; "Well-developed breasts" [syn: grow, develop, get, acquire]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. defn English


  • (RP): prədyo͞os', /pr@"dju:s/
  • /prəˈdjuːs/
  • To make or manufacture.
    The factory will produce 10,000 lawn chairs.
  • To make (a thing) available to a person, an authority, etc.
    By 2008, travellers must produce their passport when crossing from Canada to the USA.
  • (media) To sponsor and present (a motion picture, etc) to an audience or to the public.
    Spielberg produced that movie.

Derived terms

Related terms


make or manufacture
make available to
sponsor and present (a motion picture, etc)


  1. defn English


  • (RP): prŏd'yo͞os, /"prQdju:s/
  • /ˈprɒdjuːs/
  • (US) /ˈpɹoʊ.djuːs/
  • Items produced by manufacture.
  • Fruit and vegetables available for sale.
    This grocery store sells some wonderful produce.


  • (items produced by manufacture): products


items produced by manufacture
fruit and vegetables for sale


Verb form

  1. third-person singular indicative present of produrre






  1. to produce


ro-conj-duce pro


Verb form

  1. third-person singular indicative present of producir
  2. second-person singular imperative of producir

Extensive Definition

Produce is a general American term for a group of farm-produced goods, generally limited to fruits and vegetables. More specifically, the term "produce" often implies that the foods are fresh and generally in the same state as where they were harvested. In supermarkets the term is also used to refer to the section where fruits and vegetables are kept. Produce is the main product sold by greengrocers, farmers' markets, and fruit markets.
Price Look-Up Codes (stickers) in the United States are as follows:
  • Beginning with a 3 or 4: produce is conventionally grown, with the use of pesticides and/or artificial fertilizers.
  • Beginning with a 9: produce is grown organically, without pesticides etc.

Seasonal Produce

Although in the United States most produce is available year-round, produce is at its best and cheapest in the season it is harvested. Seasonality of produce depends on the region. Below is a general list of seasonality for United States produce.
Spring fruits are apricots, pineapple, strawberries, and mango. Spring vegetables for spring are peas (sugar snap and snow) and more delicate cabbages including mustard greens, baby lettuce, baby spinach and watercress. Also in season are artichoke, asparagus, avocado, new potatoes, rhubarb. Summer fruits include some berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries) and stone fruit (nectarines, peaches, and plums) as well as melons. Summer vegetables include beets, corn, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, tomatoes, zucchini.
Autumn fruits includes apples, grapes, figs, pears, and pomegranates. Autumn vegetables include many cultivars of wild cabbage (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, collards, endives, and kale). Root vegetables (garlic, ginger, parsnips, turnips and yams) and winter squash (acorn squash, butternut squash and pumpkins) are also in season. Corn is in season and peas, seasonal in spring, are also seasonal in late autumn.
Winter fruits include citrus (clementines, grapefruit, oranges, and lemons) and pomegranates. Winter vegetables include hardier cabbages (kale, leeks, raddicchio, and Brussels sprout). Also seasonal in winter are some root vegetables (rutabaga, turnips, and radishes) as well as winter squash.
Some produce, such as onions, lettuce and spinach, are seasonal year-round.
produce in Japanese: 農産物
produce in Simple English: Produce

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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