Definition of production in English:

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Pronunciation: /prəˈdəkSH(ə)n/


1The action of making or manufacturing from components or raw materials, or the process of being so manufactured: the production of chemical weapons it is no longer in production
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  • Costs are a function of tile size and the manufacturer's production volume and processes.
  • There were drops in the prices of all stocks of companies whose raw materials or production costs are excise-sensitive.
  • This tends to be accompanied by rising inventories and followed by reduced manufacturing production.
manufacture, making, construction, building, fabrication, assembly, creation;
1.1The harvesting or refinement of something natural: nonintensive methods of food production
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  • The most profitable industries in Qatar are oil and natural gas production.
  • They focus mainly on oil and natural gas production, making them highly sensitive to price fluctuations.
  • The company provides equipment and services used in the drilling and production of oil and natural gas wells.
1.2The total amount of something that is manufactured, harvested, or refined: steel production had peaked in 1974
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  • There has been very little change in recent years in the total amount of lead production or in the percentage of recycled lead.
  • These wines constitute 18 per cent of the total production of quality wines.
  • Total worldwide production of wafers this year amounts to 57 million wafers.
output, yield;
1.3The creation or formation of something as part of a physical, biological, or chemical process: excess production of collagen by the liver
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  • The complete series of events from zygote formation to gamete production constitutes the plant life cycle.
  • Vitamin C is also an important nutrient for collagen production and provides immune system support.
  • They also shift metabolism toward fat production and appear dark when viewed with a dissecting microscope.
1.4 [as modifier] Denoting a car or other vehicle that has been manufactured in large numbers.
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  • They did intimate, however, that the production car would look little different from the show vehicle.
  • He wants to integrate the technology into a production car.
  • Billed as a concept, it is said to be virtually identical to the production car slated for sale in 2005.
2The process of or financial and administrative management involved in making a movie, play, or record: the movie was still in production [as modifier]: a production company
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  • By the late 1890s, he had developed a successful commercial film production and processing business.
  • Nonetheless, Rod is another director for whom a studio is rushing to get a film in production before The Strike.
  • What the film lacks in production values it makes up for in heart, sharing with us a tale most film audiences rarely see.
2.1A movie, play, or record, especially when viewed in terms of its making or staging: this production updates the play and sets it in the sixties
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  • They will perform two of the most spectacular of their productions, Swan Lake and La Bayadere.
  • The colours are bright yet muted, as often found in relatively low budget productions.
  • Nevertheless, the Fringe remains a test bed for some interesting and radical productions.
performance, staging, presentation, show, piece, play
2.2 [in singular] The overall sound of a musical recording; the way a record is produced: the record’s production is gloriously relaxed
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  • The problem with Jeff is that the production sounds like it was intended for sports highlight reels and video games.
  • It sounds great and the production is as shiny as Goldrapp's lip gloss.
  • The greatest part of the whole disc is the production and mixing which sounds alive, vibrant, and urgent.


make a production of

Do (something) in an unnecessarily elaborate or complicated way.
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  • If you have a houseful of guests, making a production of every meal leaves you with little time or energy to enjoy them.
  • He was glaring at me over his shoulder and making a production of being reluctantly dragged away.
  • At every frequent stop, Coralie makes a production of waving the door to get fresh air.


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin productio(n-), from producere 'bring forth' (see produce).

Words that rhyme with production

abduction, conduction, construction, deduction, destruction, eduction, effluxion, induction, instruction, introduction, misconstruction, obstruction, reduction, ruction, seduction, suction, underproduction

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Syllabification: pro·duc·tion

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