Definition of production in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action of making or manufacturing from components or raw materials, or the process of being so manufactured.

    ‘banning the production of chemical weapons’
    ‘the car is no longer in production’
    • ‘It's basically the story of how, during the course of the war, he converted his toy manufacturing to weapons production.’
    • ‘Manufacturers are stepping up production to keep pace with increasing exports to China and the US.’
    • ‘After that, factory production dominated manufacturing, and most people moved to cities.’
    • ‘An emission permit is a right to consume carbon and emit carbon dioxide in the course of production or manufacturing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Imports of a wide array of consumer goods will grow as more Japanese manufacturers shift production to China.’
    • ‘Opel has been behind the trend to outsource component production.’
    • ‘This is the process of moving a product from raw material, to production, to delivery, to paid invoice.’
    • ‘Vulnerabilities can also be the result of an oversight in software production by the manufacturer.’
    • ‘They became importers of components and machinery for production as well as exporters.’
    • ‘While manufacturing production is slowing, service sector activity has remained buoyant.’
    • ‘News this week that U.S. manufacturers increased production in August for the first time in nine months is encouraging.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, gun manufacturers ramped up production and cut prices by half in the World War I era.’
    • ‘This tends to be accompanied by rising inventories and followed by reduced manufacturing production.’
    • ‘An important programme for the export of basic components for medicine production has been introduced.’
    • ‘Demand for the single jab has dropped around the world as a result of the high uptake of the triple vaccine, leading manufacturers to stop production.’
    • ‘It also expects to outsource production to other manufacturers.’
    • ‘The biggest stockpiles are held by chip manufacturers who upped production on the back of the high demand experienced in the first half of 2004.’
    • ‘This particular Toby Jug is one of a huge range done by Royal Doulton, and it was introduced in 1975 and has been in production ever since.’
    manufacture, manufacturing, making, producing, construction, building, fabrication, assembly, creation
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    1. 1.1 The harvesting or refinement of something natural.
      ‘non-intensive methods of food production’
      • ‘Crude oil is extracted, and production of natural gas is increasing.’
      • ‘The Fisheries Department has its own methods of controlling fish production / harvest and sale.’
      • ‘The most profitable industries in Qatar are oil and natural gas production.’
      • ‘This method of food production is one of the bright lights in agriculture today.’
      • ‘The Waitrose Centre will take forward the need to refine food production in harmony with the environment.’
      • ‘Like natural gas, oil production in the United States has been dropping since 1972.’
      • ‘Her complaints are ones we hear repeated through the day - poor food production, diseased crops, and lack of fertility in the soil.’
      • ‘This produces significant demands on food and crop production, and most good quality land is already in use.’
      • ‘To finance such work, the republic is allowed to keep the revenues from its oil production around Grozny.’
      • ‘The three countries account for almost 80 percent of the world's natural rubber production.’
      • ‘Palm oil production, fish, and now black gold and natural gas are major resources, as is education.’
      • ‘Their production of crude oil and natural gas began in 1969, greatly reducing Australia's dependence on imported oil.’
      • ‘They focus mainly on oil and natural gas production, making them highly sensitive to price fluctuations.’
      • ‘Natural gas production and pipelines were the only businesses posting smaller profits.’
      • ‘The ramifications of a holistic approach to crop growing and food production in Brazil would be disastrous.’
      • ‘Home heating bills could soar this winter if natural gas production is significantly reduced.’
      • ‘The company provides equipment and services used in the drilling and production of oil and natural gas wells.’
      • ‘A decline in yield from spring to harvest means production declines from its expected level.’
      • ‘He declared that there should be no talk of abandoning profitable food production unless we were absolutely clear as to what could be put in its place.’
      • ‘Sweet potato ranks as the seventh largest food crop in world production.’
    2. 1.2 The total amount of something that is produced.
      ‘steel production had peaked in 1974’
      • ‘For the first time in history the country's total production has fallen for four years in a row.’
      • ‘China, the world's largest coal producer, consumes 31 percent of total global coal production.’
      • ‘There is likely to be a leveling off in total U.S. production in years to come.’
      • ‘Knoc has ambitions to expand production from its current total of 19 projects in 14 countries.’
      • ‘These wines constitute 18 per cent of the total production of quality wines.’
      • ‘The steel production capacity will rise to some two million tons a year, compared to the current 1.2 million tons.’
      • ‘Lathe plotted the actual and relative growth of the trees by year against total nickel production in Canada.’
      • ‘The total production for the entire lode amounted to 1,080,628,993 pounds of copper.’
      • ‘Last year the total production of Scottish salmon was 120,000 tonnes.’
      • ‘Of the total mango production in the country, the State's share is 7.74 per cent.’
      • ‘Total production of the powerplant could be as high as 1.5 million units worldwide.’
      • ‘About half of that total production of sugar in this country comes from sugar beets, and the other half from cane sugar.’
      • ‘This is the first time in more than 20 years that total production fell below the three million mark.’
      • ‘There has been very little change in recent years in the total amount of lead production or in the percentage of recycled lead.’
      • ‘Its annual steel production is 2.6 million tons increasing in 1975 to 4.1 million tons.’
      • ‘Last year China produced 1.03 billion tonnes of coal or one third of the total world production.’
      • ‘Total worldwide production of wafers this year amounts to 57 million wafers.’
      • ‘Last year, it stamped out 7.3 billion pennies, more than half of its total coin production.’
      • ‘Much of the surface gold was worked out within five years, and production peaked in 1900.’
      • ‘That figure is just short of Thailand's total production last year from all automakers here.’
      output, yield, fruits
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    3. 1.3 The creation of something as part of a physical, biological, or chemical process.
      ‘excess production of collagen by the liver’
      • ‘Medications also may be necessary to correct excess or deficient hormone production.’
      • ‘In healthy muscles, there is a continual process of muscle protein production and breakdown.’
      • ‘Several things can interfere with the body's natural production of melatonin.’
      • ‘Kernel growth is supported by cell production through mitotic cell divisions.’
      • ‘Decreased production of natural oils may make your skin drier and more wrinkled.’
      • ‘The difficulty of detecting Repoxygen is that it turns on the body's natural production of red blood cells which transport oxygen around the body.’
      • ‘The complete series of events from zygote formation to gamete production constitutes the plant life cycle.’
      • ‘Cushing's syndrome arises from excess production of cortisol and has a high mortality if left untreated.’
      • ‘The thyroid gland regulates several hormones and drops production dramatically after birth.’
      • ‘The body decreases metabolic rate, thereby lowering metabolic heat production in the body core.’
      • ‘They also shift metabolism toward fat production and appear dark when viewed with a dissecting microscope.’
      • ‘The only option left will be products that raise the body's own natural testosterone production.’
      • ‘This process terminates in the production of asexual spores, the uninucleate conidia.’
      • ‘At menopause, the body's own natural production of estrogen drops sharply.’
      • ‘Both have the effect of reducing the natural production of testosterone and other androgens.’
      • ‘They also stimulate production of collagen and may enhance the action of antioxidants.’
      • ‘Heartburn is all about excess production of acid, which has left the confines of your stomach and ventured northwards up your oesophagus.’
      • ‘Vitamin C is also an important nutrient for collagen production and provides immune system support.’
      • ‘However, the body then finds it hard to re-regulate production of the chemicals once the drug has been suspended.’
      • ‘Most of the excess cell production is taken up by the asexual budding of new Hydra from the body column.’
    4. 1.4as modifier Denoting a car or other vehicle which has been manufactured in large numbers, as opposed to a prototype or other special version.
      ‘a production model’
      • ‘It was decided that a production version of the GT would go on sale in the summer of 2004.’
      • ‘Your bike this year is quite different from the standard production version; can you tell us what is different?’
      • ‘They did intimate, however, that the production car would look little different from the show vehicle.’
      • ‘Later this year a diesel version, the Mini One D, will be available - the first time a diesel engine has been put into a production Mini.’
      • ‘At that stage I was racing a production car, where we were not allowed to alter the mechanical specifications in any way.’
      • ‘The mini Metro was the first volume production car in the world to go to 12,000-mile annual service intervals.’
      • ‘Billed as a concept, it is said to be virtually identical to the production car slated for sale in 2005.’
      • ‘Generally, really good concept cars serve as models for much milder production vehicles at some point.’
      • ‘Upper management approved the leap from the show car to a production model in April of that year.’
      • ‘The first production car had just a 10 horsepower engine and only 16 were built.’
      • ‘Not yet available in the U.S., Tyler's bike will look similar to this production version.’
      • ‘This new sedan is the first Jaguar production vehicle with an aluminum bodyshell.’
      • ‘He wants to integrate the technology into a production car.’
      • ‘The following year, the production version was shown at the 2002 Los Angeles Auto Show.’
      • ‘Don't assume the Opel Insignia will be the first production vehicle, Wagoner tells Ward's.’
      • ‘The two sports saloons now made by the firm are probably the world's most powerful production cars.’
      • ‘The production model Runabout was made to be cheap, so they had no Coaxial Drive.’
      • ‘There were two significant vehicles displayed in Frankfurt, one a production car and the other a concept.’
      • ‘A two model, three-door range, this has to be the most amazing production car ever.’
      • ‘The architecture will appear in production vehicles within the next four to five years.’
  • 2The provision of something for consideration, inspection, or use.

    ‘members are entitled to a discount on production of their membership card’
    • ‘The seats are on a first come first served basis, only for members, on production of the membership card.’
    • ‘Officers will be able to ride free on buses on production of their warrant card.’
    • ‘For a limited period, the normal design fee of £30 is waived on production of the voucher on this page.’
    • ‘The receipt will reach the customer who on production of the same at the theatre complex will be permitted to view the movies.’
    • ‘Entry is free to York residents on production of a York Card.’
    • ‘Holders of leaflets wishing to attend the race meeting on production of the said leaflet could bring a friend on a free of charge entry to the course.’
    • ‘Compustore says that it can arrange credit within two or three hours on production of identity, proof of address and bank details.’
    • ‘This discount is in addition to the 50 per cent refund on production of the match ticket from the abandoned game.’
    • ‘Seating will be on a first come first served basis and on production of identity cards.’
    • ‘The tickets cost £25 on production of the special letter and a utility bill proving that the resident lives at the address.’
    • ‘The concession also applies to members of the armed services on production of a warrant card.’
    • ‘Limited student tickets will be available at the venue on the show days only on production of a valid student identity card.’
    presentation, offering, proffering, showing, display, exhibition
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  • 3The process of or management involved in making a film, play, or record.

    ‘the film was still in production’
    • ‘The Buckley-type character will only be referred to in the move as ‘The Musician’ and a script is in production.’
    • ‘During any year there are something like a dozen feature films in production here.’
    • ‘Three BBC Outside Broadcast production units will be on site, plus two recording units.’
    • ‘Shot on film, production values were high throughout the 23 episodes and all of them were very funny.’
    • ‘He was working as a film set production manager on location in Bangkok at the time of his death.’
    • ‘He recently wrapped production on the feature film Lone Star State of Mind.’
    • ‘It's also fascinating to get more insight into how writing and production of television programmes work.’
    • ‘It's pretty amazing how vivid his memories are considering how long ago the film was in production.’
    • ‘Foremost this entails shooting on film with a budget comparable with that of modern feature film production.’
    • ‘The film is currently in production by Seattle's Arkham Productions.’
    • ‘By the late 1890s, he had developed a successful commercial film production and processing business.’
    • ‘This new project marks Cvejic's return into the creative side of television production.’
    • ‘I met practically everybody involved in production because they all had to come to my tiny cubicle to get their films spliced.’
    • ‘Testing is a key part of the production process before a film emerges fully in the public domain.’
    • ‘As far as the studio see it, its worth it, to cancel a film so late in production costs them a lot more than whatever it costs to fix the script.’
    • ‘Despite the magisterial production values, the film lies lifeless as though still on the page.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, Rod is another director for whom a studio is rushing to get a film in production before The Strike.’
    • ‘The whole space is equipped for television and film production, including private spaces for greenrooms and dressing rooms.’
    • ‘Pier Productions has a strong track record in radio production in drama, factual and comedy.’
    • ‘What the film lacks in production values it makes up for in heart, sharing with us a tale most film audiences rarely see.’
    1. 3.1count noun A film, record, play, etc., viewed in terms of its making or staging.
      ‘an exciting new production of La Traviata’
      • ‘They will perform two of the most spectacular of their productions, Swan Lake and La Bayadere.’
      • ‘The school stages about three productions a year and is making plans for its spring performance.’
      • ‘There are some amusing characters and catchy songs and we're using the original set drawings for our production.’
      • ‘The Royal Opera regularly calls on members of Tiffin Boys' Choir to appear in its productions.’
      • ‘Their influence can still be seen in independent and arthouse productions to this day.’
      • ‘Everyone who has seen the original BBC production expects this film to live up to the hype.’
      • ‘The colours are bright yet muted, as often found in relatively low budget productions.’
      • ‘She championed the classics, with lavish productions of Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty.’
      • ‘Not every element in Eda Holmes's production is as carefully considered as the writing.’
      • ‘I had the pleasure of appearing with and directing him in many productions.’
      • ‘As well as numerous stage roles he has also appeared in many film and television productions.’
      • ‘They will be putting on two productions, one for the juniors, and one for the seniors.’
      • ‘Each production is a magical creation set within its own world of extraordinary music, choreography and gravity defying feats.’
      • ‘Theatre companies are staging productions in nightclubs, pubs and sitting rooms.’
      • ‘Osmond Tearle staged a fashionably spectacular production at Stratford in 1889, with himself playing Talbot.’
      • ‘Andy Arnold is artistic director of the Arches and the man behind both forthcoming productions.’
      • ‘Monica was asked whether she had considered taking the new production of The Sleeping Beauty to Russia.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the Fringe remains a test bed for some interesting and radical productions.’
      • ‘La Juive was one of the most spectacular productions ever to grace the Paris Opera.’
      • ‘The film is the first in a series of Disney productions based on Lewis's Narnia stories.’
      • ‘The huge task of putting this production together falls to director Simon Barry, 49, from London.’
      performance, staging, mounting
      play, drama, film, concert, musical
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    2. 3.2in singular The overall sound of a musical recording, as determined by the way in which it is produced.
      ‘the record's production is gloriously relaxed’
      • ‘The music is equally as good, if not as superb as the sound production.’
      • ‘It sounds great and the production is as shiny as Goldrapp's lip gloss.’
      • ‘The production sounds a little soupy here, but I think it really adds to the song if you can understand that.’
      • ‘The attendees then critiqued a few songs based on the quality of the overall production.’
      • ‘It sounds almost like afrobeat, and the production is ever so crisp.’
      • ‘The whole album sounds great, in fact, the production is ringing with clarity, but not overdone or slick.’
      • ‘The production sounds great and the music is very interesting, with shifting rhythms and moods.’
      • ‘While the performances on Grateful Dreams are admirable, the production sounds thin.’
      • ‘However, I think the album production hurts the overall effect of this otherwise fine work.’
      • ‘The songs are light, the production both relaxed and relaxing… the music breathes.’
      • ‘The greatest part of the whole disc is the production and mixing which sounds alive, vibrant, and urgent.’
      • ‘The biggest problem with the overall production, however, is an inconsistency in tone.’
      • ‘The band sounds great, the production of the disc is topnotch and the causes for which the proceeds go to are just.’
      • ‘The problem with Jeff is that the production sounds like it was intended for sports highlight reels and video games.’


  • make a production of

    • informal Do (something) in an unnecessarily complicated way.

      ‘I don't know why she made such a production of it’
      • ‘If you have a houseful of guests, making a production of every meal leaves you with little time or energy to enjoy them.’
      • ‘At every frequent stop, Coralie makes a production of waving the door to get fresh air.’
      • ‘She made a production of glancing between Markus and me.’
      • ‘Desmond made a production of apologizing, but Michael remained stiffly silent.’
      • ‘He flushed and made a production of opening his binder and shuffling his notes.’
      • ‘He was glaring at me over his shoulder and making a production of being reluctantly dragged away.’
      exaggerate, overstate, do to death, overemphasize, overplay, go overboard with, dramatize, overdramatize
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin productio(n-), from producere ‘bring forth’ (see produce).