Meaning of PRODUCT in English

PRODUCT

/ ˈprɒdʌkt; NAmE ˈprɑːd-/ noun

1.

[ C , U ] a thing that is grown or produced, usually for sale :

dairy / meat / pharmaceutical, etc. products

investment in product development

to launch a new product on to the market

( business )

We need new product to sell (= a new range of products) .

—see also end product , gross national product

2.

[ C ] a thing produced during a natural, chemical or industrial process :

the products of the reaction

—see also by-product , waste product

3.

product of sth a person or thing that is the result of sth :

The child is the product of a broken home.

4.

( mathematics ) a quantity obtained by multiplying one number by another :

The product of 21 and 16 is 336.

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SYNONYMS

product

goods ♦ commodity ♦ merchandise ♦ produce ♦ wares

These are all words for things that are produced to be sold.

product

a thing that is produced or grown, usually to be sold:

to create / develop / launch a new product

goods

things that are produced to be sold:

cotton / leather goods

electrical goods

commodity

( economics ) a product or raw material that can be bought and sold, especially between countries:

rice, flour and other basic commodities

merchandise

[U] goods that are bought or sold; things that you can buy that are connected with or advertise a particular event or organization:

official Olympic merchandise

goods or merchandise?

Choose goods if the emphasis is on what the product is made of or what it is for:

leather / household goods

. Choose merchandise if the emphasis is less on the product itself and more on its brand or the fact of buying / selling it.

produce

[U] things that have been grown or made, especially things connected with farming:

We sell only fresh local produce.

wares

things that sb is selling, especially in the street or at a market:

street traders displaying their wares.

NOTE

Wares is used about people in the past who travelled from town to town selling things; when used in a modern context it can suggest that sb is trying to persuade people to buy sth that has not much value.

PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS :

to sell / market / export a product / goods / a commodity / merchandise / produce / your wares

to buy / purchase a product / goods / a commodity / merchandise / produce / sb's wares

household products / goods / commodities / wares

consumer / industrial products / goods / commodities

dairy / farm products / produce

luxury products / goods / commodities

a range of products / goods / commodities / merchandise / wares

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English (as a mathematical term): from Latin productum something produced, neuter past participle (used as a noun) of producere bring forth, from pro- forward + ducere to lead.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.