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"productive" in British English

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productiveadjective

uk   /prəˈdʌk.tɪv/ us   /prəˈdʌk.tɪv/
B2 resulting in or providing a large amount or supply of something: In order to turn the deserts into fertile and productive land, engineers built an 800-mile canal. He had an amazingly productive five years in which he managed to write four novels.
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B2 having positive results: We had a very productive meeting - I felt we solved lots of problems. Theirs was a very productive partnership.
specialized education , language relating to the ability to produce language, rather than just understand it: The English-speaking children's productive vocabularies ranged from 2 to 31 words.
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adverb uk   /prəˈdʌk.tɪv.li/ us   /prəˈdʌk.tɪv.li/
Their working system is based on the belief that people work more productively (= produce better results) 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 large amount of something: We had a very productive meeting – a lot of problems were solved. What was once desert has become productive farmland.
productively
adverb us   /prəˈdʌk·tɪv·li/
Her students worked 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   /prəˈdʌktɪv/ us  
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 switch underemployed workers from agriculture to more productive sectors.productive worker/employee/citizen The idea was to reward France's highly productive workers with shorter working hours.
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 diagram shows the productive structure of the firm.
(Definition of productive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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