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producer

[pruh-doo-ser, -dyoo-] /prəˈdu sər, -ˈdyu-/
noun
1.
a person who produces.
2.
Economics. a person who creates economic value, or produces goods and services.
3.
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).
4.
British Theater. (formerly) a director of theatrical productions; stage director.
5.
an apparatus for making producer gas.
6.
Ecology. an organism, as a plant, that is able to produce its own food from inorganic substances.
Origin of producer
1505-1515
1505-15; produce + -er1
Related forms
nonproducer, noun
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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

producer

/prəˈdjuːsə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that produces
2.
(Brit) a person responsible for the artistic direction of a play, including interpretation of the script, preparation of the actors, and overall design
3.
(US & Canadian) a person who organizes the stage production of a play, including the finance, management, etc
4.
the person who takes overall administrative responsibility for a film or television programme Compare director (sense 4)
5.
the person who supervises the arrangement, recording, and mixing of a record
6.
(economics) a person or business enterprise that generates goods or services for sale Compare consumer (sense 1)
7.
(chem) an apparatus or plant for making producer gas
8.
(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

producer

n.

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-)
n.
A photosynthetic green plant or chemosynthetic bacterium, constituting the first trophic level in a food chain; an autotrophic organism.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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producers in Science
producer
  (prə-d'sər)   
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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