Definition of product in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɒdʌkt/


1An article or substance that is manufactured or refined for sale: food products
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  • As well as excellence in customer service and innovative marketing, they reward new products and product development.
  • Despite modest gains in food sales and more significant ones in household products, overall sales were down sharply.
  • The company immediately closed their premises, stopped production and withdrew all products from sale.
1.1A substance produced during a natural, chemical, or manufacturing process: waste products
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  • It is also used for other natural products, including fruit juices, beer, wine and honey.
  • In these small air sacs is where oxygen enters the blood and waste products like carbon dioxide leave the blood.
  • Yeast eat sugar, creating alcohol and carbon dioxide as waste products as they do so.
artefact, commodity, manufactured item/article/thing;
creation, invention;
goods, wares, merchandise, produce, solutions
1.2 [mass noun] Commercially manufactured articles, especially recordings, viewed collectively: too much product of too little quality
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  • They succeeded by manufacturing commercially viable product that people found beneficial to their lives.
  • Can we expect more focus on British product from the Mountain View firm?
  • She doesn't realise that our resellers don't stock loads of product.
2A thing or person that is the result of an action or process: her perpetual suntan was the product of a solarium
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  • The end result is the product of numerous ideas and decisions - and a little bit of alchemy!
  • He has done a good job, that's obvious, but you can only judge the product on the end result and that is still to come.
  • In the US and Canada, millers fortify grain, which has a knock-on effect on many products in the food chain.
result, consequence, outcome, effect, upshot, fruit, by-product, spin-off, legacy, issue
2.1A person whose character and identity have been formed by a particular period or situation: an ageing academic who is a product of the 1960s
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  • He was not a one-off; he was the product of a situation that could recur.
  • A practising lawyer is the product of the same period of intensive, difficult study and training as for a surgeon.
  • Her character was a product of the romantic age, as were his family and friends.
3 Mathematics A quantity obtained by multiplying quantities together, or from an analogous algebraic operation.
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  • The total claimed on the work order is 63 hours and the amount charged is simply the product of that number multiplied by the hourly rate.
  • The product of zero multiplied by a debt or fortune is zero.
  • The force on an object is the product of its mass multiplied by its acceleration.


Late Middle English (as a mathematical term): from Latin productum 'something produced', neuter past participle (used as a noun) of producere 'bring forth' (see produce).

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