Definition of production in US English:

production

noun

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

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

    ‘the movie was still in production’
    as modifier ‘a production company’
    • ‘Shot on film, production values were high throughout the 23 episodes and all of them were very funny.’
    • ‘Despite the magisterial production values, the film lies lifeless as though still on the page.’
    • ‘The film is currently in production by Seattle's Arkham Productions.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, Rod is another director for whom a studio is rushing to get a film in production before The Strike.’
    • ‘The Buckley-type character will only be referred to in the move as ‘The Musician’ and a script is in production.’
    • ‘This new project marks Cvejic's return into the creative side of television production.’
    • ‘Pier Productions has a strong track record in radio production in drama, factual and comedy.’
    • ‘The whole space is equipped for television and film production, including private spaces for greenrooms and dressing rooms.’
    • ‘During any year there are something like a dozen feature films in production here.’
    • ‘I met practically everybody involved in production because they all had to come to my tiny cubicle to get their films spliced.’
    • ‘He recently wrapped production on the feature film Lone Star State of Mind.’
    • ‘Foremost this entails shooting on film with a budget comparable with that of modern feature film production.’
    • ‘Three BBC Outside Broadcast production units will be on site, plus two recording units.’
    • ‘It's also fascinating to get more insight into how writing and production of television programmes work.’
    • ‘By the late 1890s, he had developed a successful commercial film production and processing business.’
    • ‘Testing is a key part of the production process before a film emerges fully in the public domain.’
    • ‘He was working as a film set production manager on location in Bangkok at the time of his death.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What the film lacks in production values it makes up for in heart, sharing with us a tale most film audiences rarely see.’
    • ‘It's pretty amazing how vivid his memories are considering how long ago the film was in production.’
    1. 2.1 A movie, play, or record, especially when viewed in terms of its making or staging.
      ‘this production updates the play and sets it in the sixties’
      • ‘La Juive was one of the most spectacular productions ever to grace the Paris Opera.’
      • ‘Their influence can still be seen in independent and arthouse productions to this day.’
      • ‘They will perform two of the most spectacular of their productions, Swan Lake and La Bayadere.’
      • ‘Everyone who has seen the original BBC production expects this film to live up to the hype.’
      • ‘The huge task of putting this production together falls to director Simon Barry, 49, from London.’
      • ‘Not every element in Eda Holmes's production is as carefully considered as the writing.’
      • ‘As well as numerous stage roles he has also appeared in many film and television productions.’
      • ‘I had the pleasure of appearing with and directing him in many productions.’
      • ‘The film is the first in a series of Disney productions based on Lewis's Narnia stories.’
      • ‘Andy Arnold is artistic director of the Arches and the man behind both forthcoming productions.’
      • ‘Osmond Tearle staged a fashionably spectacular production at Stratford in 1889, with himself playing Talbot.’
      • ‘There are some amusing characters and catchy songs and we're using the original set drawings for our production.’
      • ‘She championed the classics, with lavish productions of Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty.’
      • ‘They will be putting on two productions, one for the juniors, and one for the seniors.’
      • ‘Monica was asked whether she had considered taking the new production of The Sleeping Beauty to Russia.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The school stages about three productions a year and is making plans for its spring performance.’
      • ‘The colours are bright yet muted, as often found in relatively low budget productions.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the Fringe remains a test bed for some interesting and radical productions.’
      • ‘The Royal Opera regularly calls on members of Tiffin Boys' Choir to appear in its productions.’
      performance, staging, mounting
      play, drama, film, concert, musical
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    2. 2.2in singular The overall sound of a musical recording; the way a record is produced.
      ‘the record's production is gloriously relaxed’
      • ‘The problem with Jeff is that the production sounds like it was intended for sports highlight reels and video games.’
      • ‘While the performances on Grateful Dreams are admirable, the production sounds thin.’
      • ‘The production sounds great and the music is very interesting, with shifting rhythms and moods.’
      • ‘It sounds great and the production is as shiny as Goldrapp's lip gloss.’
      • ‘The band sounds great, the production of the disc is topnotch and the causes for which the proceeds go to are just.’
      • ‘However, I think the album production hurts the overall effect of this otherwise fine work.’
      • ‘The production sounds a little soupy here, but I think it really adds to the song if you can understand that.’
      • ‘The greatest part of the whole disc is the production and mixing which sounds alive, vibrant, and urgent.’
      • ‘The music is equally as good, if not as superb as the sound production.’
      • ‘The biggest problem with the overall production, however, is an inconsistency in tone.’
      • ‘The whole album sounds great, in fact, the production is ringing with clarity, but not overdone or slick.’
      • ‘The songs are light, the production both relaxed and relaxing… the music breathes.’
      • ‘It sounds almost like afrobeat, and the production is ever so crisp.’
      • ‘The attendees then critiqued a few songs based on the quality of the overall production.’

Phrases

  • make a production of

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

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you have a houseful of guests, making a production of every meal leaves you with little time or energy to enjoy them.’
      • ‘He was glaring at me over his shoulder and making a production of being reluctantly dragged away.’
      • ‘He flushed and made a production of opening his binder and shuffling his notes.’
      exaggerate, overstate, do to death, overemphasize, overplay, go overboard with, dramatize, overdramatize
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Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin productio(n-), from producere ‘bring forth’ (see produce).

Pronunciation

production

/prəˈdəkʃ(ə)n//prəˈdəkSH(ə)n/