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"productive" in British English

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productiveadjective

uk   us   /prəˈdʌk.tɪv/
B2 resulting in or ​providing a ​largeamount or ​supply of something: In ​order to ​turn the ​deserts into ​fertile and productive ​land, ​engineersbuilt an 800-mile ​canal. He had an ​amazingly productive five ​years in which he ​managed to write four ​novels.
Opposite
B2 having ​positiveresults: We had a very productive ​meeting - I ​felt we ​sorted out ​lots of ​problems. Theirs was a very productive ​partnership.
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productively
adverb uk   us   /-li/
Their ​workingsystem is ​based on the ​belief that ​peoplework more productively (= ​producebetterresults) in a ​team.
(Definition of productive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"productive" in American English

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productiveadjective

 us   /prəˈdʌk·tɪv/
causing or ​providing a good ​result or a ​largeamount of something: We had a very productive ​meeting – a lot of ​problems were ​solved. What was ​oncedesert has ​become productive ​farmland.
productively
adverb  us   /prəˈdʌk·tɪv·li/
Her ​studentsworked less productively than the ​teacher hoped.
(Definition of productive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"productive" in Business English

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productiveadjective

uk   us   /prəˈdʌktɪv/
PRODUCTION, ECONOMICS producing a large ​number of ​goods, ​crops, ​profit, etc. or doing a lot of ​work: productive farmland/sector/economy The only remaining ​option is to ​switchunderemployedworkers from ​agriculture to more productive ​sectors.productive worker/employee/citizen The ​idea was to ​reward France's highly productiveworkers with ​shorterworkinghours.
WORKPLACE, MEETINGS achieving good ​results: The ​negotiations were ​reported to have been "very productive." a productive day's ​worka productive meeting/conversation/discussion You can't have a productive discussion if ​people aren't listening to each other.
PRODUCTION relating to ​production of ​goods: There is a great ​demand for water for productive ​purposes. The ​diagramshows the productive ​structure of the ​firm.
(Definition of productive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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