Produce vs produce

The words produce and produce are spelled identically but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, which makes them heteronyms. We will examine the definitions of the words produce and produce, where these words came from, and some examples of their use in sentences.

Produce (proh-DOOS) means to manufacture something, to create something, to supply something, or to cause something to happen. Produce is a verb, related words are produces, produced, producing, production, product. The word produce is derived from the Latin word producere, which means to promote or to bring forth.

Produce (PROH-doos or PRAH-doos) is a noun that usually means harvested fruits and vegetables, though it may be used in a broader context to mean something that has been created or a product. The word produce to mean fruits and vegetables came into use in the 1740s and is derived from the verb produce.

Examples

Keogh said VW will invest close $37 billion in e-mobility by 2024 and produce nearly 1 million electric cars by 2025, with a goal of delivering 22 billion electric vehicles by 2030. (LA Magazine)

But in the past few weeks the ABC parties have thoroughly frightened themselves with a new Project Fear: They have convinced themselves that Boris might produce a rabbit from a hat that would finally get Brexit done — or, rather, two rabbits from a hat. (The National Review)

Walmart has begun rolling out a redesign of its produce department that the retail giant says provides a “refreshed” shopping experience. (Supermarket News)

“It’s also a place where residents want access to fresh, affordable produce and they’re concerned about the environment.” (The Seattle Times)