pro·​duc·​er | \ prə-ˈdü-sər How to pronounce producer (audio) , 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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Hoganson writes, noting how the state’s pork producers helped feed Britain, especially in times of war. Carlos Lozada, Houston Chronicle, "Are we telling the right story of America?," 6 July 2019 The producers are not about to spoil their own show. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Will Peter W. Be The Bachelor In 2020?," 3 July 2019 The producer is headed to the U.K. and Australia this summer to get it in front of new English-speaking audiences. Elaine Ayala,, "San Antonio movie on ‘Challenger Disaster’ comes with surprise cameo," 2 July 2019 Her longtime producer, Patrick Hyland, was on guitar. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "On the Road with Mitski," 1 July 2019 But in this case, the producer is the president himself. Juliet Eilperinand Josh Dawsey,, "Trump asks for military tanks on the Mall as part of grandiose July Fourth event," 1 July 2019 The gold producer operates in a number of countries including the United States, Australia, Peru, Canada, and Ghana. Fortune, "Newmont Goldcorp," 1 July 2019 Many analysts had expected OPEC to continue curbing supply and are awaiting further details about the cuts, as Iraq and Nigeria are among the producers who haven’t complied with the cuts. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Heat Wave Powers Natural Gas to Best Week Since January," 28 June 2019 While the show has dealt with so many changes this year already — Kathie Lee Gifford leaving, Hoda's absence, and Jenna's upcoming maternity leave — chances are, the new executive producer will decide to make a few more once everyone's back. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "When Is Jenna Bush Hager's Due Date? Here's When Her Baby Boy Will Likely Be Born," 26 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce producer (audio) , -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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