pro·​duc·​tion | \ prə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce production (audio) , 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 How to pronounce productional (audio) , 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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Owings was promoted to give the Sox better production against lefthanded pitchers in the bottom of their order. Peter Abraham,, "Should rules be incorporated for defensive shifts? The debate rages on," 24 Aug. 2019 Because of the independent film's tight production schedule — it was shot in just 29 days — Bell was sometimes required to wear prosthetics and a body suit to look bigger. Amy Kaufman,, "Jillian Bell ‘wanted to be the one’ to share story of ‘Britanny’," 24 Aug. 2019 Together the brands represent more than 30% (paywall) of fashion’s production volume. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "There’s reason to be skeptical of fashion’s new landmark environmental pact," 24 Aug. 2019 The Rogue One prequel series now has a production start date. James Hibberd,, "Disney's Rogue One prequel series to start production next year," 24 Aug. 2019 On the other hand, synthetic leather often uses petroleum at some point in its manufacturing, while traditional leather arguably is just a byproduct of dairy and meat production that would otherwise go to waste. Denitsa Tsekova, Fortune, "Sizing Up Vegan Leather: Is It Just A Fad?," 23 Aug. 2019 Honest, engaged performances in each root to reality whatever is exaggerated in the writing and production — though much that seems exaggerated is actually straight reporting. Los Angeles Times, "‘Florida Man’ is so over. On TV, Florida women are having their day," 23 Aug. 2019 Governments could implement adaptation measures for the changing climate such as building sea walls on vulnerable coastlines, planning for changes in food production patterns and the massive migration that may follow. Yossi Sheffi, The Conversation, "Removing mini-shampoos from hotel rooms won’t save the environment," 23 Aug. 2019 But an economic analysis estimates coal production could lead to $208 million in annual revenues and $16.6 million in royalties for the U.S. government. Washington Post, "Plan allows drilling, grazing near national monument in Utah," 23 Aug. 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 How to pronounce production (audio) \

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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