Definition of reproduce in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Produce again.

    ‘a concert performance cannot reproduce all the subtleties of a recording’
    1. 1.1 Produce a copy or representation of.
      ‘his works are reproduced on postcards and posters’
      • ‘And reproduced en masse and handed with confidence to potential investors, it ultimately helped make the fantasy a reality.’
      • ‘We reproduced Kamata Keishu's illustration as it appeared in Medicine Man: The Forgotten Museum of Henry Wellcome, the book which accompanied the exhibition Peter Campbell discussed.’
      • ‘The book's cover reproduces a 1789 print of the famous fight between the Anglo-Jewish Daniel Mendoza and the Gentile Humphrey.’
      • ‘Still more delectable are the landscapes of Simon Bening, especially his delicate miniatures of the months of the year, not all of which, unforgivably, are reproduced in the catalogue.’
      • ‘Assane Dione has painted a portrait of Amadou Bamba that has been reproduced and sold as a snapshot-sized print all over Senegal for several years now.’
      • ‘In spite of this, they were fashionable models, which were reproduced and forged not only throughout the nineteenth century but well into the twentieth.’
      • ‘In the book Indian Maps and Plans, Susan Gole reproduces a wonderful nineteenth-century map of Shahjahanbad, the Delhi of the Mughal emperor Shahjahan, who built Tajmahal in Agra.’
      • ‘He drew recognition for his images of Harlem, which he reproduced in a 1955 volume called The Sweet Flypaper of Life, a collaboration with poet Langston Hughes.’
      • ‘Among these the portrait of Frans appears to have enjoyed a special status, as it was the only such work in the collection to be reproduced in a print.’
      • ‘These drawings and paintings by named individuals, reproduced in full-page color plates, were the central focus Szalay's project.’
      • ‘The paintings for Abraham Wagner were reproduced as prints under the title Merkwürdigen Prospekte aus den Schweizer Gebirge.’
      • ‘The project takes its name from the title of a 1930 article that Schmid reproduced directly from the archive - torn, marked and with the editor's printing notes.’
      • ‘Ponty was soon outfoxed, however, for lithos that escaped the authorities' notice could be reproduced through glass painting.’
      • ‘The stunning costumes and masks of this show are so famous that they have been reproduced in many places, including the cover of the filth edition of Oscar Brockett's History of the Theatre.’
      • ‘Apart from portraits, Kelly painted landscapes and also pictures of Asian dancing girls that were once much reproduced in the form of popular prints.’
      • ‘The only works in English more frequently reproduced than Izaak Walton's ‘The Compleat Angler’ are the Bible and Shakespeare.’
      • ‘One of its centerpieces, entitled ‘The Passage Temple,’ for example, reproduces one of Giger's real-life installations.’
      • ‘Two small paintings at the end of the exhibition (rarely reproduced to my knowledge) were particularly hard to dislodge from memory.’
      • ‘He announced that his debut album Themba Baby album whose copies had run out on the market will be reproduced on both audio and CDs at the same time the new album will be on shelves.’
      • ‘the practice of producing sculpture (particularly stone sculpture) by cutting directly into the material, as opposed to having it reproduced from a plaster model using mechanical aids and assistants.’
      copy, produce a copy of, make a facsimile of, duplicate, replicate
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    2. 1.2 Create something very similar to (something else), especially in a different medium or context.
      ‘the problems are difficult to reproduce in the laboratory’
      • ‘Realism has been resurgent lately, thanks in part to the development of new media allegedly capable of reproducing a ‘virtual reality.’’
      • ‘Kravagna insightfully points out that the medium of film is uniquely suited to reproducing the light effects created by the cuts.’
      • ‘What Lodge appears to be describing is the literary equivalent of an art student's detail, whereby an isolated section of a past master's work is reproduced and studied outside the context of the surrounding image.’
      • ‘As much homage as conceptual quip, the work reproduces the interior faithfully, but without the people.’
      • ‘Prints made from daguerreotypes, by a tracing and engraving process, of views from all over the world and often reproduced in books.’
      • ‘It is these new domestic environments - difficult to reproduce in the museum setting - that continue to make Schindler's houses and apartments such a pleasure to inhabit.’
      • ‘Here verses composed by Qianlong, written in his own hand and painstakingly reproduced in mother-of-pearl inlaid on a black lacquer ground, appear on twelve facing ivory leaves.’
      repeat, replicate, recreate, redo, perform again, reconstruct, remake
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    3. 1.3 (of an organism) produce offspring by a sexual or asexual process.
      ‘bacteria normally divide and reproduce themselves every twenty minutes’
      no object ‘an individual organism needs to avoid being eaten until it has reproduced’
      • ‘These organisms can reproduce, cross-pollinate, mutate, and migrate.’
      • ‘The cod has a rather unexciting sex life; whether a male cod reproduces or not depends on whether there is a female cod close by.’
      • ‘They reproduce like rabbits and gnaw almost permanently because their teeth grow all the time.’
      • ‘This aphid - including the new biotype - reproduces asexually, year-round.’
      • ‘Most people would just love to reproduce themselves and then, of course, be immensely disappointed if they do it, because it won't be them.’
      • ‘The argument goes that ageing is due to many, many, many mutations which, like Huntington's, affect us only late in life, mostly after we've reproduced.’
      • ‘Because garlic does not reproduce by seeds, varieties are kept as clones - that is, individuals with exactly the same genes (like identical twins).’
      • ‘Modified plants have already reproduced and their new genetic pattern is set.’
      • ‘The resistant hydrilla is a dioecious, female form that reproduces asexually.’
      • ‘Coronaviruses use efficient and economical mechanisms to reproduce themselves in animal cells.’
      • ‘As the tree grows, or reproduces, so the individual's genetic print is transferred.’
      • ‘The goal is to find an organism that feeds and reproduces entirely or primarily on the target weed, significantly damaging it and reducing its ability to compete with other vegetation.’
      • ‘When a pond is overpopulated with stunted forage fish and neither bass nor forage fish are reproducing, removal of part of the fish population will seldom solve the problem.’
      • ‘They also reproduce themselves, and the new cells also crank out interferon in massive amounts.’
      • ‘And yet, people keep reproducing, seeing it as their inalienable right to have more and more babies, despite the damage it would do to their environment.’
      • ‘Remember, without a ‘host,’ a virus cannot reproduce and spread.’
      • ‘Most insects can reproduce in livestock manures.’
      • ‘This virus is not spread to the offspring as beetles reproduce.’
      • ‘Plants can reproduce themselves without the help of human intervention.’
      • ‘Wouldn't it be great, if at the age of 21, you either found out you couldn't have kids, or as the result of Chemo, you were unable to reproduce, that you could clone a new uterus.’
      breed, produce offspring, bear young, procreate, propagate, multiply, proliferate, give birth, spawn, increase
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    4. 1.4no object Be copied with a specified degree of success.
      ‘you'll be amazed to see how well halftones reproduce’
      • ‘They are one-of-a-kind photographs that cannot be easily reproduced (unlike prints from negatives or transparencies).’
      • ‘The ease with which electronic content can be copied and reproduced raises a multitude of copyright, trademark, database and passing off issues.’
      • ‘Because photographs can be easily reproduced with a negative, there must be stricter standards to protect fine art photographers and their work.’
      • ‘Their blend of the foreign and the intimate created a sound which many have tried, and failed, to reproduce.’
      • ‘The negative shadow creates the images, which cannot be reproduced.’
      • ‘Through their act of submission to the film, Anger aims to reproduce in the audience, to some degree at least, the state of consciousness achieved by the participants of the ritual depicted.’
      duplicate, photocopy, xerox, photostat, mimeograph, make a photocopy of, take a photocopy of, run off
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