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[pruh-doo-ser, -dyoo-] /prəˈdu sər, -ˈdyu-/
a person who produces.
Economics. a person who creates economic value, or produces goods and services.
a person responsible for the financial and administrative aspects of a stage, film, television, or radio production; the person who exercises general supervision of a production and is responsible chiefly for raising money, hiring technicians and artists, etc., required to stage a play, make a motion picture, or the like.
Compare director (def 3).
British Theater. (formerly) a director of theatrical productions; stage director.
an apparatus for making producer gas.
Ecology. an organism, as a plant, that is able to produce its own food from inorganic substances.
Origin of producer
First recorded in 1505-15; produce + -er1
Related forms
nonproducer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The same argument applies to all producers in their several departments.

    Economic Sophisms Frederic Bastiat
  • All the luxury and wealth of the non-producers is wrung from the labor of the producers.

  • As a matter of course, a producers' society will enforce the axiom: No luxuries for any until the necessaries are supplied to all.

    The Next Step Scott Nearing
  • The maritime strike had left a nasty taste in the mouths of the producers.

  • Nearly all the immigrants were producers, a high percentage being able-bodied young men and women.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
British Dictionary definitions for producers


a person or thing that produces
(Brit) a person responsible for the artistic direction of a play, including interpretation of the script, preparation of the actors, and overall design
(US & Canadian) a person who organizes the stage production of a play, including the finance, management, etc
the person who takes overall administrative responsibility for a film or television programme Compare director (sense 4)
the person who supervises the arrangement, recording, and mixing of a record
(economics) a person or business enterprise that generates goods or services for sale Compare consumer (sense 1)
(chem) an apparatus or plant for making producer gas
(often pl) (ecology) an organism, esp a green plant, that builds up its own tissues from simple inorganic compounds See also consumer (sense 3), decomposer
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Word Origin and History for producers



1510s, "one who produces;" agent noun from produce (v.). Of entertainments, from 1891; in political economy, opposed to consumer, from 1784 (Adam Smith).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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producers in Medicine

producer pro·duc·er (prə-dōō'sər, -dyōō'-, prō-)
A photosynthetic green plant or chemosynthetic bacterium, constituting the first trophic level in a food chain; an autotrophic organism.

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producers in Science
An autotrophic organism that serves as a source of food for other organisms in a food chain. Producers include green plants, which produce food through photosynthesis, and certain bacteria that are capable of converting inorganic substances into food through chemosynthesis. Compare consumer.
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