Definition of product in US English:



  • 1An article or substance that is manufactured or refined for sale.

    ‘food products’
    ‘marketing products and services’
    • ‘Robert Morgan is now vice president of sales, marketing and product development.’
    • ‘A wool company has embarked upon a development programme which it hopes will boost sales of the product among the younger generation.’
    • ‘They are responsible for the very existence of wages in the production of products for sale.’
    • ‘The case has again riveted the country's attention on the manufacture and sale of fake products.’
    • ‘They measure their product sales every single day and they will stop producing it if it isn't selling.’
    • ‘Solid sales across its major product lines pushed HP to a tidy second quarter.’
    • ‘We are also communicating with the Trading Standards Authority regarding the sale of counterfeit products in street markets.’
    • ‘On the revenue side, better and more timely marketing could someday help drive sales of existing products.’
    • ‘Sales of local products produce local employment and therefore more local expenditure.’
    • ‘Food labels must be on all processed food products.’
    • ‘Official sources said there has been a rise in the indices of primary articles and manufactured products.’
    • ‘A number of new books have begun to question the ethics of marketing beauty products and services to adults too.’
    • ‘The company immediately closed their premises, stopped production and withdrew all products from sale.’
    • ‘But turnover from financial services declined six per cent after sales of investment products disappointed.’
    • ‘When and where to invest for research and development of new products and services becomes the bigger challenge.’
    • ‘As well as excellence in customer service and innovative marketing, they reward new products and product development.’
    • ‘We now get almost 20 percent of our revenues from internal sales of products and services to our members.’
    • ‘Despite modest gains in food sales and more significant ones in household products, overall sales were down sharply.’
    • ‘The object of the product sales via the net is aimed at initially helping to break even and somewhere down the track we might even make a profit.’
    • ‘Marketing thus increases the sales of the branded product only.’
    object, thing, item, unit, artefact, piece of merchandise, commodity
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    1. 1.1 A substance produced during a natural, chemical, or manufacturing process.
      ‘waste products’
      • ‘The product of this reaction is drastically lower in energy, and thus, more stable, than the reactant.’
      • ‘Spinach, dried beans and dried fruit are all natural products rich in iron.’
      • ‘Fifty protesters gathered yesterday morning to voice their anger at the decision to allow Westbury cement works to burn waste products as fuel.’
      • ‘It is a product of some chemical manufacturing and of combustion.’
      • ‘Another area of possible use is in modifying microbes to produce valuable chemical starting materials or products for industry.’
      • ‘In these small air sacs is where oxygen enters the blood and waste products like carbon dioxide leave the blood.’
      • ‘We know that chemical manufacturing makes many products that benefit our society now.’
      • ‘The company also has a fish shop that sells all its processed products at a wholesale price.’
      • ‘It is also used for other natural products, including fruit juices, beer, wine and honey.’
      • ‘He introduced us to a product that recycles waste plastic into fuel that was invented in Japan.’
      • ‘The amplification products were subcloned and sequenced to determine precise exon/intron junctions.’
      • ‘Recently deposited sediments are unstable mixtures of terrestrial weathering products and organic matter.’
      • ‘The kidneys filter and process the blood and excrete the waste products as urine.’
      • ‘Some natural products have a gentle laxative action.’
      • ‘In the camera was a polished pewter plate coated with a petroleum product called bitumen of Judea.’
      • ‘Unlike in the earlier experiments, the team recorded gamma rays, a revealing product of fusion reactions.’
      • ‘Importing agricultural products has been stressful since 9 / 11, which brought about tougher FDA regulations.’
      • ‘There are useful chemical products made from tobacco which include those which kill insects and fungi.’
      • ‘Yeast eat sugar, creating alcohol and carbon dioxide as waste products as they do so.’
      • ‘Regulation of this network is influenced by cellular products such as cytokines.’
      artefact, commodity, manufactured article, manufactured item, manufactured thing
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    2. 1.2 Commercially manufactured articles, especially recordings, viewed collectively.
      ‘too much product of too little quality’
      • ‘They succeeded by manufacturing commercially viable product that people found beneficial to their lives.’
      • ‘Farmers who have a large number of acres want to buy product at wholesale prices because of the volumes they use.’
      • ‘The real way they make profit is to move product.’
      • ‘We have quickly learned that we have acquired new power over the recorded music product.’
      • ‘The folks over at Napster maintain they're actually helping the record companies sell product.’
      • ‘She doesn't realise that our resellers don't stock loads of product.’
      • ‘Can we expect more focus on British product from the Mountain View firm?’
      • ‘It is not a trade fair, so will not be out there selling product product.’
      • ‘When you sell product, you must provide service after the sale.’
  • 2A thing or person that is the result of an action or process.

    ‘his daughter, the product of his first marriage’
    • ‘Lycopene from both processed and cooked tomato products is more bioavailable than from fresh tomatoes.’
    • ‘The particular solvent used in the extraction process affects the resulting formulation of the product.’
    • ‘Norton cheats a bit: his final products are actually digital outputs, but quirks of the process remain.’
    • ‘The outgoing interim government was a product of one of those deals.’
    • ‘The result has a direct effect on the finished product, which is read by the public.’
    • ‘Any reaction that takes place will either result in the products becoming less ordered, or heat being given off.’
    • ‘My culture is entirely a product of the influences of my environment, and the society in which I have grown up, Canada.’
    • ‘Rather, we are focused almost totally on the end result, the final product.’
    • ‘Hawke is more than pleased with the resulting product.’
    • ‘There are many factors which influence the product that we call news.’
    • ‘The goal may have been the product of judgment followed by luck.’
    • ‘The end result is the product of numerous ideas and decisions - and a little bit of alchemy!’
    • ‘In the US and Canada, millers fortify grain, which has a knock-on effect on many products in the food chain.’
    • ‘He has done a good job, that's obvious, but you can only judge the product on the end result and that is still to come.’
    • ‘Chris Brand looks at the current fashion in psychology of saying that everything we do is the product of the situations in which we find ourselves.’
    • ‘The following subcommittee reports are a product of this consensus process.’
    • ‘Bookstores are bursting with self-help books, most of which are products or byproducts of the psychology industry.’
    • ‘Rather, they are the direct product of the influence of processes unfolding in the leading capitalist countries in the world.’
    • ‘The ball sailed a mile over and the outrage that followed was the product of Novo's team-mates hollering at him.’
    • ‘This is an inevitable product of the fusion of state and corporate power.’
    result, consequence, outcome, effect, upshot, fruit, by-product, spin-off, legacy, issue
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    1. 2.1 A person whose character and identity have been formed by a particular period or situation.
      ‘an aging academic who is a product of the 1960s’
      • ‘Besides, her feelings could just be a product of her shattered identity.’
      • ‘We shall see that this is not so; rather, ethnic identity is the product of racialized subjection.’
      • ‘They were the product of periods of endemic warfare.’
      • ‘He was not a one-off; he was the product of a situation that could recur.’
      • ‘After all, he had proven that gender identity is a product of nurture, not nature.’
      • ‘The attackers were a product of a sociopolitical situation shaped in a large part by their religion.’
      • ‘Clinton is the product of the disastrous influence of psychology in our culture.’
      • ‘They were a product of the post-independence period and had close connections with the military.’
      • ‘A practising lawyer is the product of the same period of intensive, difficult study and training as for a surgeon.’
      • ‘Her character was a product of the romantic age, as were his family and friends.’
  • 3Mathematics
    A quantity obtained by multiplying quantities together, or from an analogous algebraic operation.

    • ‘The product of zero multiplied by a debt or fortune is zero.’
    • ‘This volume is the product of the distance between the cutting planes and the area of the polygonal ring on the base.’
    • ‘Take all the products of these multiplications and add them together.’
    • ‘The force on an object is the product of its mass multiplied by its acceleration.’
    • ‘The total claimed on the work order is 63 hours and the amount charged is simply the product of that number multiplied by the hourly rate.’
    • ‘Finding the product of multiplicands of any length by small multipliers is accomplished using a set of rules.’


Late Middle English (as a mathematical term): from Latin productum ‘something produced’, neuter past participle (used as a noun) of producere ‘bring forth’ (see produce).