1. the act of producing; creation; manufacture.
  2. something that is produced; a product.
  3. Economics. the creation of value; the producing of articles having exchange value.
  4. the total amount produced: Production is up this month.
  5. a work of literature or art.
  6. the act of presenting for display; presentation; exhibition: the production of evidence in support of the case.
  7. Informal. an unnecessarily or exaggeratedly complicated situation or activity: That child makes a production out of going to bed.
  8. the organization and presentation of a dramatic entertainment.
  9. the entertainment itself: an expensive production.
  1. regularly manufactured; not custom-made, specially produced, or experimental: a production model.

Origin of production

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin prōductiōn- (stem of prōductiō) a lengthening. See product, -ion
Related formspro·duc·tion·al, adjectivenon·pro·duc·tion, noun, adjectivesu·per·pro·duc·tion, noun

Synonyms for production Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for productional


  1. the act of producing
  2. anything that is produced; product
  3. the amount produced or the rate at which it is produced
  4. economics the creation or manufacture for sale of goods and services with exchange value
  5. any work created as a result of literary or artistic effort
  6. the organization and presentation of a film, play, opera, etc
  7. British the artistic direction of a play
    1. the supervision of the arrangement, recording, and mixing of a record
    2. the overall sound quality or character of a recordingthe material is very strong but the production is poor
  8. (modifier) manufactured by a mass-production processa production model of a car
  9. make a production out of or make a production of informal to make an unnecessary fuss about
Derived Formsproductional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for productional



c.1400, "a coming into being," from Old French production "production, exhibition" (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin productionem (nominative productio), from past participle stem of Latin producere "bring forth" (see produce (v.)). Meaning "that which is produced" is mid-15c. Colloquial sense of "fuss, commotion" is from 1941, transferred from meaning "theatrical performance" (1894).

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