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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: productum, from the past participle of producere; PRODUCE1

product

noun
     
prod‧uct S1 W1
1 [uncountable and countable]TI something that is grown or made in a factory in large quantities, usually in order to be sold [↪ produce, production]
agricultural/dairy/software etc products
consumer products such as VCRs
The London factory assembles the finished product.
He works in marketing and product development.
see usage note produce2
2

the product of something

a) if someone is the product of a particular background or experience, their character is typical of that background or the result of that experience:
Paula was the product of a sheltered middle-class home.
b) if something is the product of a particular situation, process etc, it is the result of that situation or process:
The report was the product of four years' hard work.
3 [countable] technicalHMN the number you get by multiplying two or more numbers in mathematics
4 [countable]HCC something that is produced through a natural or chemical process:
Hemoglobin is a product of red blood cells.
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produce (v), produce (n), product
The verb produce is pronounced /prədjuːs-duːs/. The noun produce is pronounced /prɒdjuːsproʊduːs/ and is used to mean 'food that has been grown to be sold' We sell tinned goods and fresh produce (=fruit and vegetables).The usual noun used to mean 'something that is produced to be sold' is product Their latest product is a games console. the packaging of food productsSee also produce

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