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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Some of the questioners are dealing with seedlings from last year's production. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what’s eating your currant bushes and ‘spitting’ on your wild roses," 13 July 2018 The story is already set for a retelling by Hollywood, with two production companies looking to put together movies about the boys and their rescue. NBC News, "Boys rescued from Thailand cave to be discharged from hospital on Thursday," 14 July 2018 My production company, These Pictures, actively pursues projects that both entertain and push boundaries. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Scarlett Johansson Drops Out of 'Rub & Tug' Trans Film Following Backlash," 13 July 2018 In the mid-1990s in New York City, Hernandez partnered with fellow musician and friend Chris Maxwell to form Elegant Too, a music production company. Nickole Kerner Bobley, Houston Chronicle, "ART FEEL: Woodlands native Phil Hernandez wins ASCAP award," 13 July 2018 Tours also give visitors a look at the gleaming production facility a couple streets over. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Algoma is a day trip away along Lake Michigan," 12 July 2018 The nonprofit video production company Soft Cage Films came on board to produce the series after its cinematographer, Spence Warren, who's on the company's board, brought it to the attention of cofounder David Holcombe. Ariel Parrella-aureli, Chicago Reader, "365 Ways to Kill an American offers a new perspective on police brutality," 12 July 2018 Photo: Getty American investigators suspect at least $4.5 billion was siphoned from 1MDB’s accounts and used to buy mansions, a yacht and to fund a Hollywood production company. P.r. Venkat, WSJ, "Hong Kong Declined 2016 Request to Arrest Alleged 1MDB Mastermind, Singapore Says," 11 July 2018 Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon’s production company, is teaming up with AT&T’s DirecTV to create a Hello Sunshine subscription channel. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Brett Kavanaugh, Reese Witherspoon, Russell Simmons: Broadsheet July 11th," 11 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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