pro·duc·er | \prə-ˈdü-sər, prō-, -ˈdyü-\

Definition of producer 

1 : one that produces especially : one that grows agricultural products or manufactures crude materials into articles of use

2 : a person who supervises or finances a work (such as a staged or recorded performance) for exhibition or dissemination to the public

3 : an autotrophic organism (such as a green plant) viewed as a source of biomass that can be consumed by other organisms — compare consumer

Examples of producer in a Sentence

the producer of the play He is the director and producer. The country is the world's leading oil producer.
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Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "12 Russian Intel officials indicted for allegedly hacking Clinton campaign, DNC emails: What to know," 13 July 2018 After all, Flynn is an executive producer for the HBO thriller., "All The Ways HBO's Sharp Objects Is Different From The Book," 9 July 2018 At the moment, only 20 percent of global e-waste is properly recycled and documented as such, says Pascal Leroy, head of the WEEE Forum in Brussels, an umbrella group for European producers and recyclers of e-waste. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "'E-waste': Getting grip on a growing global problem," 9 July 2018 Paisley Park reflects the professionalism of Prince as a performer, a writer, a producer, and a supporter of fellow-artists. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 24 June 2018 The film producer takes charge of his fate, romances presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and saves the day, playing a leading man instead of serving in a bit part. Vanessa Hua,, "‘Your English is so good!’ — pop culture stereotypes Asians," 21 June 2018 The Broadway musical about the pop phenomenon Gloria Estefan and her producer/musician husband Emilio Estefan sets itself a difficult task. Christopher Arnott,, "Hot, Timely 'On Your Feet!' Delivers Estefans' Indomitable Spirit," 20 June 2018 President Donald Trump, facing a midterm election in the fall, has been pushing oil producers to increase supply. Washington Post, "US official links economic protests in Iran to sanctions," 12 July 2018 Santiago Galindo, an established and respected producer at Televisa who helmed a slew of successful shows, including entertainment blockbusters Pequeños Gigantes and Bailando por un Sueño (Dancing for a Dream), has died. Leila Cobo, Billboard, "Mexican TV Producer Santiago Galindo, Known for Musical Productions, Found Dead," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of producer

circa 1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of producer

: someone who is in charge of making and usually providing the money for a play, movie, record, etc.

: someone or something that grows or makes particular goods or products


pro·duc·er | \prə-ˈdü-sər, -ˈdyü-\

Kids Definition of producer

1 : someone or something that grows or makes a product oil producers

2 : someone who prepares or finances a public presentation (as a movie)

3 : a living thing (as a green plant) that makes its own food

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