Production is the process of goods being made or manufactured. If people like the cupcakes you sell about school events, you might have to increase production by baking in both your kitchen and your neighbor's.

Anything that's made or grown is the result of production, from the harvesting of grains, vegetables, and fruits to the drilling of oil. Even your crafty friend handles the production of the handmade bookmarks she sells. Another common meaning of production is the work that goes into the making of a movie, play, or album. From this meaning comes the phrase make a production of, to do something in an overly complicated, or theatrical, way.

Primary Meanings of production

the act or process of producing something
a presentation for the stage or screen or radio or television
Full Definitions of production

n the act or process of producing something

“Shakespeare's production of poetry was enormous”
“the production of white blood cells”
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activity intended to produce rain
devising, fashioning, making
the act that results in something coming to be
the production of foil by cutting or beating metal into thin leaves
canalisation, canalization
the production of a canal or a conversion to canals
(electronics) the production of (semiconductor) crystals by slow crystallization from the molten state
steel production
making steel from pig iron
cartography, mapmaking
the making of maps and charts
film making, movie making, moviemaking
the production of movies
Bessemer process
an industrial process for making steel using a Bessemer converter to blast air through molten iron and thus burning the excess carbon and impurities; the first successful method of making steel in quantity at low cost
growing a crystal layer of one mineral on the crystal base of another mineral in such a manner that its crystalline orientation is the same as that of the substrate
open-hearth process
a process for making steel using an open-hearth furnace
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act, deed, human action, human activity
something that people do or cause to happen

n (economics) manufacturing or mining or growing something (usually in large quantities) for sale

“he introduced more efficient methods of production
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mass production
the production of large quantities of a standardized article (often using assembly line techniques)
overproduction, overrun
too much production or more than expected
inadequate production or less than expected
output, yield
production of a certain amount
the maximum production possible
the production of animals or plants by inbreeding or hybridization
the production of malt beverages (as beer or ale) from malt and hops by grinding and boiling them and fermenting the result with yeast
(agriculture) production of food by preparing the land to grow crops (especially on a large scale)
the act of raising or growing plants (especially on a large scale)
the production of heat or electricity
excavation, mining
the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth
the extraction of building stone or slate from an open surface quarry
boring, drilling, oil production
the act of drilling a hole in the earth in the hope of producing petroleum
the production of raw silk by raising silkworms
(especially of domestic fowl) breeding to reveal differential sex characteristics at hatching
cattle breeding
breeding cattle
dog breeding
breeding dogs
horse breeding
breeding horses
rearing aquatic animals or cultivating aquatic plants for food
apiculture, beekeeping
the cultivation of bees on a commercial scale for the production of honey
agriculture, farming, husbandry
the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
the raising of plants or animals
cultivation of the land in order to raise crops
placer mining
mining valuable minerals from a placer by washing or dredging
opencast mining, strip mining
the mining of ore or coal from an open mine
crop, harvest
the yield from plants in a single growing season
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industry, manufacture
the organized action of making of goods and services for sale

n the creation of value or wealth by producing goods and services

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creation, creative activity
the human act of creating

n the quantity of something (as a commodity) that is created (usually within a given period of time)

production was up in the second quarter”
output, yield
pick, picking
the quantity of a crop that is harvested
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indefinite quantity
an estimated quantity

n an artifact that has been created by someone or some process

“they export most of their agricultural production
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Das Kapital
a book written by Karl Marx (1867) describing his economic theories
a satirical novel written by Samuel Butler (1872) describing a fictitious land
a book written by Sir Thomas More (1516) describing the perfect society on an imaginary island
Oxford English Dictionary
an unabridged dictionary constructed on historical principles
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book, volume
physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together
a number of sheets (ticket or stamps etc.) bound together on one edge
by-product, byproduct, spin-off
a product made during the manufacture of something else
something that can be provided as the product of development
end product, output
final product; the things produced
brainchild, inspiration
a product of your creative thinking and work
an object worked on; a result produced by working
product consisting of a paperback periodic publication as a physical object
newspaper, paper
the physical object that is the product of a newspaper publisher
output, outturn, turnout
what is produced in a given time period
products made on a lathe
piece of work, work
a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing
fruit, yield
an amount of a product
film, flick, motion picture, motion-picture show, movie, moving picture, moving-picture show, pic, picture, picture show
a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement
a book of blank pages with pockets or envelopes; for organizing photographs or stamp collections etc
coffee-table book
an elaborate oversize book suitable for displaying on a coffee table
the output of something in a season
a book (or manuscript) consisting of large sheets of paper folded in the middle to make two leaves or four pages
follow-up, followup
a piece of work that exploits or builds on earlier work
handcraft, handicraft, handiwork, handwork
a work produced by hand labor
hardback, hardcover
a book with cardboard or cloth or leather covers
work made of iron (gratings or rails or railings etc)
a record book as a physical object
work consisting of (or resembling) lace fabric
a decorative work made of wood and covered with lacquer and often inlaid with ivory or precious metals
work made of leather
chef-d'oeuvre, masterpiece
the most outstanding work of a creative artist or craftsman
the metal parts of something
a printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction
body of work, oeuvre, work
the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)
ornamental work (such as embroidery or latticework) having a pattern of openings
order book
a book in which customers' orders are entered; usually makes multiple copies of the order
paper-back book, paperback, paperback book, soft-cover, soft-cover book, softback, softback book
a book with paper covers
picture book
a book consisting chiefly of pictures
a piece of work composed of or decorated in many colors
decorative work made of silver
sketch block, sketch pad, sketchbook
a book containing sheets of paper on which sketches can be drawn
output relative to input; the amount passing through a system from input to output (especially of a computer program over a period of time)
the end-product created by shaping something on a lathe
caning, wicker, wickerwork
work made of interlaced slender branches (especially willow branches)
work made of wood; especially moldings or stairways or furniture
work in progress
a piece of work that is not yet finished
work consisting of a piece of metal being machined
a book with blank pages for recording notes or memoranda
a copy of a printed work offered for distribution
a movie that is made to be shown on television
feature, feature film
the principal (full-length) film in a program at a movie theater
final cut
the final edited version of a movie as approved by the director and producer
home movie
a film made at home by an amateur photographer
collage film
a movie that juxtaposes different kinds of footage
coming attraction
a movie that is advertised to draw customers
a movie featuring shooting and violence
short subject
a brief film; often shown prior to showing the feature
docudrama, documentary, documentary film, infotainment
a film or TV program presenting the facts about a person or event
cinema verite
a movie that shows ordinary people in actual activities without being controlled by a director
film noir
a movie that is marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, menace, and cynical characters
skin flick
a pornographic movie
rough cut
the first print of a movie after preliminary editing
silent movie, silent picture, silents
a movie without a soundtrack
slow motion
a movie that apparently takes place at a slower than normal speed; achieved by taking the film at a faster rate
talkie, talking picture
a movie with synchronized speech and singing
3-D, 3D, three-D
a movie with images having three dimensional form or appearance
musical, musical comedy, musical theater
a play or film whose action and dialogue is interspersed with singing and dancing
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an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone

n a presentation for the stage or screen or radio or television

“have you seen the new production of Hamlet?”
staging, theatrical production
the production of a drama on the stage
coup de theatre
a highly successful theatrical production
summer stock
theatrical productions performed by a stock company during the summer
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the act of making something publicly available; presenting news or other information by broadcasting or printing it

n (law) the act of exhibiting in a court of law

“the appellate court demanded the production of all documents”
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the act of exhibiting

n a display that is exaggerated or unduly complicated

“she tends to make a big production out of nothing”
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behavior that makes your feelings public

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