pro·​duc·​tion | \ prə-ˈdək-shən , prō-\

Definition of production

1a : something produced : product
b(1) : a literary or artistic work
(2) : a work presented to the public (as on the stage or screen or over the air)
c : something exaggerated out of proportion to its importance
2a : the act or process of producing
b : the creation of utility especially : the making of goods available for use
3 : total output especially of a commodity or an industry
4 often attributive : something not specially designed or customized and usually mass-produced a production car production housing

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Other Words from production

productional \ prə-​ˈdək-​shnəl , prō-​ , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of production in a Sentence

the production of grain weapons the body's production of red blood cells I took a course in film production. He has a job in television production. We saw a stage production of the novel. The director wants her in his next production. the annual production of coal a rise in oil production
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Perhaps no state suffered more from the Obama regulatory assault than West Virginia as coal production and business investment plunged. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Appalachian Spring," 7 Feb. 2019 Average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory workers are up 3.4 percent over the past year, according to the Labor Department. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s speech exaggerates border peril," 6 Feb. 2019 All are factors that contributed to her new way of thinking about fashion and production, and what comes next for her. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Rentrayage Is the New, Sustainably-Minded Solo Project From Erin Beatty, Formerly of Suno," 5 Feb. 2019 Juggling a production company, a TV show, a beauty business, a high-profile romance, and motherhood may seem daunting to most, but Lopez finds her busy life exhilarating. Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez Is (Still) on Top of the World," 9 Jan. 2019 On top of that, in mammals, production of a hormone that’s key to cellular growth, called IGF-1, drops, according to several papers. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 View this post on Instagram Very thankful to be nominated for music and a part of this production. ... Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Mahershala Ali's Wife Amatus Sami-Karim? The Couple Are Both Artists," 23 Jan. 2019 The price of industrial production has risen faster in America than in other large countries, and the offshoring of industries such as textiles, furniture and computer chips has accelerated. Rich Danker, WSJ, "How China Exploits Anti-Soviet Money Policy," 21 Jan. 2019 When the couple started a family, the pace of production became too much. Christina Pérez, House Beautiful, "The Crazy Story About How Steve Martin Inspired Kathryn M. Ireland To Become A Designer," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of production

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of production

: the process of making or growing something for sale or use
: the process of making something naturally
: the process of making a play, movie, television show, record, etc.


pro·​duc·​tion | \ prə-ˈdək-shən \

Kids Definition of production

1 : something prepared for public presentation a television production
2 : the act of manufacturing production of cars
3 : the amount brought forth Miners have increased production of coal.

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