factory

noun fac·to·ry \ ˈfak-t(ə-)rē \

Definition of factory

plural factories
1 :a station where factors reside and trade
  • a colonial factory
2 a :a building or set of buildings with facilities for manufacturing
b :the seat of some kind of production
  • the vice factories of the slums

factorylike

play \ˈfak-t(ə-)rē-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of factory in a Sentence

  1. She got a job in the factory.

  2. the new factory will create hundreds of much-needed jobs

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First Known Use of factory

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FACTORY Defined for English Language Learners

factory

noun

Definition of factory for English Language Learners

  • : a building or group of buildings where products are made


FACTORY Defined for Kids

factory

noun fac·to·ry \ ˈfak-tə-rē , ˈfak-trē \

Definition of factory for Students

plural factories
:a place where products are manufactured

Word Root of factory

The Latin word facere, meaning “to make” or “to do,” and its form factus give us the roots fic, fact, and fect. Words from the Latin facere have something to do with making or doing something. To manufacture is to make goods. This is often done in a factory. Something difficult is hard to do. Anything effective does what it is meant to do.



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