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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According to Deadline, Moreno will return to West Side Story both on screen and as an executive producer. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rita Moreno Has Officially Joined Steven Spielberg's West Side Story Remake," 28 Nov. 2018 The actor has signed on as the executive producer of a new series, Prey, based on the best-selling novels by John Sandford, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Is Mark Harmon Leaving 'NCIS'?," 27 Nov. 2018 Curtis is also on board as an executive producer which might just save it, and the television version is already set to span five whole seasons. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Andie MacDowell is Returning to 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' for the Upcoming TV Remake," 23 Nov. 2018 Elliott himself found out about the footage’s existence in 1990 while working as a staff producer at Atlantic Records. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "46 Years Later, Aretha Franklin's 'Amazing Grace' Resurrected by Modern Day Tech," 12 Nov. 2018 That assessment exaggerates the burden of debt and plays down the technological breakthroughs that helped make the U.S. the world’s largest producer of both oil and natural gas. R. Tyler Priest, WSJ, "‘Saudi America’ Review: The Truth About Fracking?," 31 Oct. 2018 Variety reports that Alan Wake is being adapted to a TV show, with writer and longtime Remedy collaborator Sam Lake involved as an executive producer. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Katamari Damacy finally rolls onto PCs, Tencent's snowboarding battle royale," 14 Sep. 2018 Days later, it was announced that Kurtzman would be taking over as showrunner, in addition to his duties as executive producer. Devon Maloney, The Verge, "Star Trek is getting a series of standalone mini ‘Short Treks’ episodes," 20 July 2018 Weichel, who was named to THR's Next Gen list in 2017, has also served as an executive producer on a number of her clients' projects, including film Camp Takota and YouTube Red documentary A Trip to Unicorn Island. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Anonymous Content Taps Sarah Weichel to Lead Emerging Platforms Division (Exclusive)," 13 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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