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

Keep scrolling for more

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

His electric car company, Tesla Inc., TSLA 0.68% is at a critical intersection, losing key people at a time when Mr. Musk is attempting to perfect the mass production of its Model 3. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Tesla’s Musk Needs to Find His Mary Barra," 13 July 2018 In the case of severe flu, Casanova's team has identified two gene defects, one that limits the production of virus-fighting interferons and one not yet published. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Extreme Flu? Weird Encephalitis? It May Be Your Genes," 13 July 2018 Under Joel Grey’s direction, the first Yiddish production of this show in 50 years stars Steven Skybell and the kvetcher extraordinaire Jackie Hoffman. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "12 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 The singer also won a Tony in 2017 for his role as a co-producer for the production of Jitney. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Emmy Nominations: John Legend Could Earn an EGOT with Jesus Christ Superstar Nod," 12 July 2018 The absence of all that extra space (combined with the standardization and mass production of building materials) is what made detached single-family housing inexpensive and accessible to different classes in the first place. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "Our homes don’t need formal spaces," 11 July 2018 Sacred Games is awash in gunfights, dreamily gorgeous production, and tricky overhead shots. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Sacred Games Reinvents the Police Procedural," 12 July 2018 Admission is free for both the production and Gabis Arboretum beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 12 July 2018 Already the ruling has started opening the floodgates to deal making in the fast-changing worlds of entertainment production and distribution. Marcy Gordon,, "Justice Department appealing judge's OK of AT&T-Time Warner merger," 12 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'production.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of production

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about production

Share production

Statistics for production

Last Updated

10 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for production

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for production



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.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on production

What made you want to look up production? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


alleviating pain or harshness

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!