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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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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Many of the workers who will lose jobs if the plants close could transfer to another GM factory where production is being increased, spokesman Patrick Morrissey said. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump suggests he’s looking into tariffs on car imports," 28 Nov. 2018 Last year, production hit roughly two million vehicles. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "GM’s Plan to Close Oshawa Plant Is Setback for Canada’s Auto Sector," 26 Nov. 2018 Favreau's production is wholly separate from Lucas's, which would have been set in the seedy underbelly of Coruscant between the original and prequel trilogies. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About Star Wars "The Mandalorian"," 5 Oct. 2018 The switch generates the production of ketones, which are energy molecules that are made in the liver. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 Moreover, the team also found that this abrupt thawing was still a concern even under a scenario in which humans tried to rein in their greenhouse-gas production and slow climate change. Meghan Bartels,, "Melting Permafrost Below Arctic Lakes Is Even More Dangerous to the Climate, NASA Warns," 18 Aug. 2018 However, production wasn't the only one getting backlash online. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "'America's Got Talent' Fans Have a Lot of Opinions About This Massive Choir's Performance," 15 Aug. 2018 Armenia distilled brandy and supplied rose, geranium, and apricot extracts, two endemic botanicals shipped to Moscow where they were used in the production of soap. Niree Noel, Allure, "The Evolution of Armenia’s Beauty Industry, According to Women Who Witnessed It," 27 July 2018 The Hollywood Reporter previously reported that production could even run as late as August. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Season 8: Everything We Know," 25 July 2018

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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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