Definition of reproduce in English:



[with object]
  • 1Produce a copy of.

    ‘his works are reproduced on postcards and posters’
    • ‘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 book's cover reproduces a 1789 print of the famous fight between the Anglo-Jewish Daniel Mendoza and the Gentile Humphrey.’
    • ‘The paintings for Abraham Wagner were reproduced as prints under the title Merkwürdigen Prospekte aus den Schweizer Gebirge.’
    • ‘In spite of this, they were fashionable models, which were reproduced and forged not only throughout the nineteenth century but well into the twentieth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘One of its centerpieces, entitled ‘The Passage Temple,’ for example, reproduces one of Giger's real-life installations.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ponty was soon outfoxed, however, for lithos that escaped the authorities' notice could be reproduced through glass painting.’
    • ‘And reproduced en masse and handed with confidence to potential investors, it ultimately helped make the fantasy a reality.’
    • ‘Two small paintings at the end of the exhibition (rarely reproduced to my knowledge) were particularly hard to dislodge from memory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These drawings and paintings by named individuals, reproduced in full-page color plates, were the central focus Szalay's project.’
    • ‘The only works in English more frequently reproduced than Izaak Walton's ‘The Compleat Angler’ are the Bible and Shakespeare.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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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    1. 1.1no object, with adverbial Be copied with a specified degree of success.
      ‘you'll be amazed to see how well half-tones reproduce’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their blend of the foreign and the intimate created a sound which many have tried, and failed, to reproduce.’
      • ‘The ease with which electronic content can be copied and reproduced raises a multitude of copyright, trademark, database and passing off issues.’
      • ‘The negative shadow creates the images, which cannot be reproduced.’
      • ‘They are one-of-a-kind photographs that cannot be easily reproduced (unlike prints from negatives or transparencies).’
      • ‘Because photographs can be easily reproduced with a negative, there must be stricter standards to protect fine art photographers and their work.’
      duplicate, photocopy, xerox, photostat, mimeograph, make a photocopy of, take a photocopy of, run off
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    2. 1.2Produce something very similar to (something else) in a different medium or context.
      ‘the problems are difficult to reproduce in the laboratory’
      • ‘Echo effects are reproduced well, even under water.’
      • ‘The prayer was reproduced, with a context, in the program insert.’
      • ‘David Unaipon's image is reproduced on the $50 note, and the man himself, born in South Australia in 1872, is credited with being the first published Aboriginal writer.’
      • ‘Of his speaking, Gielgud said in interview: ‘I study the shape, sound, and length of the words themselves, and try to reproduce them exactly as they were written’.’
      • ‘The ability to remember music in nearly complete detail after only one or two hearings and reproduce it on an instrument is a rare and valuable skill.’
      • ‘Of critical concern is the amount of detail, for example the number of fine lines in a design, because it is difficult to reproduce intricate images on Polarfleece and Polartec, which are high-nap fabrics.’
      • ‘To appreciate a good piece of music, you want to reproduce the concert experience as much as possible, even if it is just an excerpt that makes you decide whether you want to get a particular CD or not.’
      • ‘And images of copies of statues gave photography's inventors an undeniable case for the usefulness of the medium as a means of reproducing the appearance of existing artworks.’
      • ‘As noted in our review of that release, Fox didn't drop the ball in porting these to the digital medium, with both the video and audio transfers faithfully reproducing the movie.’
      • ‘Snyder made forceful, rectangular router cuts into the wall, reproducing the geometric configurations of five different flags.’
      • ‘The anamorphic transfer is simply superb; bringing off the stylish cinematography and reproducing it in all its glory.’
      • ‘This scenario is reproduced in various shades and according to different authorial temperaments in virtually all the power durée novels published after Le cercle des tropiques.’
      • ‘These exquisite works are now available in masterfully reproduced limited editions on canvas that capture all the detail and rich vibrancy of the originals.’
      • ‘Although the work was reproduced in the catalogue for that exhibition, its medium was still unknown.’
      • ‘One piece was to produce 6 million volts of lightning, reproducing the horizontal lightning which appeared at the creation of a volcanic island - the same lightning which cleared the atmosphere of methane at the creation of the world.’
      • ‘It's my understanding that Jack Daniel's whiskey was an attempt to try to take the recipe of George Dickel to a commercial state of reproducing it.’
      • ‘‘Do Whatcha Wanna Do’ is a decent attempt at reproducing the pop perfection of ‘Steal My Sunshine’ but is nowhere near as infectious as its predecessor.’
      • ‘Rather than reflecting and reproducing the existing order, it can unsettle it by destabilizing the notion of identity and in particular gender identity, revealing its contingent, historical, and changeable status.’
      • ‘Without reproducing it exactly, he has chosen six colours, from black and blue in the Egyptian and Etruscan / Roman rooms, to bright ochre and yellow in the Danish and French rooms.’
      • ‘It reproduces in jade a rectangular section (fang yi) vessel of the Shang or early Western Zhou.’
      repeat, replicate, recreate, redo, perform again, reconstruct, remake
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  • 2(of an organism) produce offspring by a sexual or asexual process.

    ‘bacteria normally divide and reproduce themselves every twenty minutes’
    no object ‘an individual needs to avoid being eaten until it has reproduced’
    • ‘Plants can reproduce themselves without the help of human intervention.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They also reproduce themselves, and the new cells also crank out interferon in massive amounts.’
    • ‘Coronaviruses use efficient and economical mechanisms to reproduce themselves in animal cells.’
    • ‘Modified plants have already reproduced and their new genetic pattern is set.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Remember, without a ‘host,’ a virus cannot reproduce and spread.’
    • ‘Most insects can reproduce in livestock manures.’
    • ‘These organisms can reproduce, cross-pollinate, mutate, and migrate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This aphid - including the new biotype - reproduces asexually, year-round.’
    • ‘This virus is not spread to the offspring as beetles reproduce.’
    • ‘The resistant hydrilla is a dioecious, female form that reproduces asexually.’
    • ‘As the tree grows, or reproduces, so the individual's genetic print is transferred.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They reproduce like rabbits and gnaw almost permanently because their teeth grow all the time.’
    • ‘Because garlic does not reproduce by seeds, varieties are kept as clones - that is, individuals with exactly the same genes (like identical twins).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    breed, produce offspring, bear young, procreate, propagate, multiply, proliferate, give birth, spawn, increase
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