from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that produces, especially a person or organization that produces goods or services for sale.
  • noun A person who supervises and controls the administrative, financial, and commercial aspects of staging a show or performance or of creating and distributing a movie or audio recording.
  • noun A furnace that manufactures producer gas.
  • noun Ecology An organism, such as a green plant, that produces its own food through photosynthesis or chemosynthesis and constitutes the first trophic level in a food chain; an autotroph.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which produces or generates: as, an agricultural producer (fanner); a gas-producer (apparatus); specifically, in political economics, one who causes any article to have an exchangeable value: the opposite of consumer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who produces, brings forth, or generates.
  • noun One who grows agricultural products, or manufactures crude materials into articles of use.
  • noun (Iron & Steel Manuf.) A furnace for producing combustible gas which is used for fuel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun economics An individual or organization that creates goods and services.
  • noun One who produces an artistic production like a CD, a theater production, a film, a TV program and so on.
  • noun biology An organism that produces complex organic compounds from simple molecules and an external source of energy.
  • noun UK, slang An arrest for speeding after which the driver is allowed seven days in which to produce his/her driving licence and related documents at a police station.
  • noun archaic A furnace for producing combustible gas for fuel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone who manufactures something
  • noun someone who finds financing for and supervises the making and presentation of a show (play or film or program or similar work)
  • noun something that produces


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  • Andrew is right to correct the term producer, which is a very special title at Rocketboom — namely, his — and refers to the creative, which I did not work on.

    Ping Pong at Next New Networks

  • I think publicists use phone more readily when the e-mail address for a certain producer is hard to find.

    Old school « The Book Publicity Blog

  • The term producer is often tossed around when discussing records.

    Three Producers, One Goal: Great Sound

  • The term producer is often tossed around when discussing records.

    Three Producers, One Goal: Great Sound

  • Much like the term "producer" in Hollywood, the job of promoter is veiled in a certain ambiguity.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Increased national productivity does not necessarily lead to increases in national income or wealth when the producer is a foreign-based multinational that retains as additional profit the increases in productivity brought about by shifting production to lower-wage nations.

    The Free Trade Case, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Not a resounding one, as the gentleman was but a producer, and, as we American cinephiles have learned over time, the producer is a "suit" to be tolerated - and barely, at that.

    GreenCine Daily: Rendez-Vous. 8.

  • Slowly, he steps away from trying to sing like what he thinks you should sing like and starts singing what he wants to sing, gaining confidence with each word until he almost forgets the producer is there … And by the end, he steps out as Johnny Cash.

    Whoop Dat Trick

  • They reported that what they call the producer price index which essentially measures the cost of goods before they reach the store shelves, shot up 1.4 percent in May.

    CNN Transcript Jun 17, 2008

  • I've never had what they call a producer to oversee me.

    Brother Ray


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  • In charge of all production matters except the directing. Also raises finances, hires key personnel and arranges for a distributor to buy the film.

    August 7, 2008