prod·​uct | \ ˈprä-(ˌ)dəkt How to pronounce product (audio) \

Definition of product

1 : the number or expression resulting from the multiplication together of two or more numbers or expressions
2a(1) : something produced especially : commodity sense 1
(2) : something (such as a service) that is marketed or sold as a commodity
b : something resulting from or necessarily following from a set of conditions a product of his environment
3 : the amount, quantity, or total produced

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Examples of product in a Sentence

The company's newest product is selling well. The sap used to make maple syrup is a natural product. This book is the product of many years of hard work. The finished product was a beautiful vase.
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Recent Examples on the Web Two scouts who have watched the Sox said Bogaerts needs to work on the consistency of his throwing mechanics, which may be a product of his missing time on the field early in spring training., "Southern California has become baseball central," 17 Apr. 2021 The rare good news may be more the product of timing than anything anyone did. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Timing will help San Diego move on from pension nightmare," 16 Apr. 2021 European Sleeper is the product of two European entrepreneurs — Elmer van Buuren of Train2EU and Chris Engelsman of Noord West Express — and a partnership with Czech train operator RegioJet. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "Europe's Night Trains Are About to Get a Major Upgrade — Breakfast in Bed Included," 16 Apr. 2021 This lopsided distribution is most likely a product of timing. Chris Wilson, Time, "As J&J's COVID-19 Vaccine Remains Shelved, Who Will Be Most Affected?," 15 Apr. 2021 IndyCar was the product of two estranged parents, neither with enough interest to go around. Nathan Brown, USA TODAY, "IndyCar storylines to watch in 2021: Team Penske contracts, Jimmie Johnson's debut, return of Bump Day," 15 Apr. 2021 It’s the by-product of an Elite Eight run, the school’s first in 39 years. oregonlive, "Oregon State’s NCAA tourney run opening doors to prominent transfer prospects as Beavers look to solidify 2021-22 roster," 14 Apr. 2021 The new results, accurate to the level of one part per billion, are the product of multiyear collaborations by large groups of physicists at institutions around the world. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, "The Miraculous Measurement of the Muon," 13 Apr. 2021 The about-face was the product of a campaign organized by the Indigenous citizens and allies at the Standing Rock camps, which protested the pipeline in the face of freezing temperatures, police water canons, and mass arrests. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Why Hasn’t Biden Canceled the Dakota Access Pipeline Yet?," 13 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of product

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for product

in sense 1, from Middle English, from Medieval Latin productum, from Latin, something produced, from neuter of productus, past participle of producere; in other senses, from Latin productum

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The first known use of product was in the 15th century

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19 Apr 2021

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“Product.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of product

: something that is made or grown to be sold or used
: something that is the result of a process
: someone or something that is produced or influenced by a particular environment or experience


prod·​uct | \ ˈprä-dəkt How to pronounce product (audio) \

Kids Definition of product

1 : the number resulting from the multiplication of two or more numbers
2 : something resulting from manufacture, labor, thought, or growth


prod·​uct | \ ˈpräd-(ˌ)əkt How to pronounce product (audio) \

Medical Definition of product

: a substance produced from one or more other substances as a result of chemical change

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prod·​uct | \ ˈprä-ˌdəkt How to pronounce product (audio) \

Legal Definition of product

1 : the result of work or thought
2a : the output of an industry or firm
b : a thing created by manufacturing
3 in the civil law of Louisiana : something (as timber or a mineral) that is derived from something else and that diminishes the substance of the thing from which it is derived — compare fruit sense 2a

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