[ pruh-duhk-shuhn ]
See synonyms for: productionproductions on

  1. the act of producing; creation; manufacture.

  2. something that is produced; a product.

  1. Economics. the creation of value; the producing of articles having exchange value.

  2. the total amount produced: Production is up this month.

  3. a work of literature or art.

  4. the act of presenting for display; presentation; exhibition: the production of evidence in support of the case.

  5. Informal. an unnecessarily or exaggeratedly complicated situation or activity: That child makes a production out of going to bed.

  6. the organization and presentation of a dramatic entertainment.

  7. the entertainment itself: an expensive production.

  1. regularly manufactured; not custom-made, specially produced, or experimental: a production model.

Origin of production

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin prōductiōn-, stem of prōductiō “extension, lengthening”; equivalent to product + -ion

Other words for production

Other words from production

  • pro·duc·tion·al, adjective
  • non·pro·duc·tion, noun, adjective
  • su·per·pro·duc·tion, noun

Words Nearby production Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use production in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for production


/ (prəˈdʌkʃən) /

  1. the act of producing

  2. anything that is produced; product

  1. the amount produced or the rate at which it is produced

  2. economics the creation or manufacture for sale of goods and services with exchange value

  3. any work created as a result of literary or artistic effort

  4. the organization and presentation of a film, play, opera, etc

  5. British the artistic direction of a play

    • the supervision of the arrangement, recording, and mixing of a record

    • the overall sound quality or character of a recording: the material is very strong but the production is poor

  6. (modifier) manufactured by a mass-production process: a production model of a car

  7. make a production out of or make a production of informal to make an unnecessary fuss about

Derived forms of production

  • productional, adjective

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