fac·​to·​ry | \ˈfak-t(ə-)rē \
plural factories

Definition of factory 

1 : a station where factors reside and trade a colonial factory

2a : a building or set of buildings with facilities for manufacturing

b : the seat of some kind of production the vice factories of the slums

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factorylike \ˈfak-​t(ə-​)rē-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of factory in a Sentence

She got a job in the factory. the new factory will create hundreds of much-needed jobs

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The collaboration creates a tie between the largest health system in Illinois and Wisconsin and a company that plans to build a $10 billion factory that eventually could employ 13,000 people. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Advocate Aurora Health and Foxconn plan to collaborate on developing new technology for health care," 12 July 2018 At night, the 73-year-old retired factory worker listens to debris clatter behind the wall at the head of her bed. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse," 12 July 2018 Billions of dollars will be needed to build such a factory. Russ Mitchell, latimes.com, "Tesla's China factory: Will it ever be built?," 10 July 2018 Wochit Tesla is close to announcing plans to build a new factory in China that's expected to make electric vehicles and batteries. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Tesla nears plans for China factory as tariffs bring urgency," 10 July 2018 But many of Portsmouth's factories closed in the 1970s as shoe companies moved overseas. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "In Ohio, Democratic U.S. Senator Sen. Sherrod Brown may ride Trump country to re-election," 2 July 2018 The company announced plans in October to build a $10 billion display panel factory and campus in Mount Pleasant, west of Racine, which could employ up to 13,000 workers. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "'Our wetlands are not for sale': More than 200 rally against Foxconn development," 28 June 2018 White, 37, was a Radcliff factory worker who climbed into the ring on July 15, 2017, at a Hardrock MMA event in Louisville. Drew Hill, The Courier-Journal, "At least 6 MMA fighters have died while in the ring or shortly after," 21 June 2018 Victor Rodriguez, a 55-year-old factory worker who lives near the Tornillo tent city, told the Dallas Morning News. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "In America's moral civil war, whose side is God on, anyway? | Will Bunch," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of factory

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for factory

fact(or) entry 1 + -ory entry 1; in sense 1 after Portuguese feitoria; in sense 2 perhaps short for manufactory

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English Language Learners Definition of factory

: a building or group of buildings where products are made


fac·​to·​ry | \ˈfak-tə-rē, ˈfak-trē\
plural factories

Kids Definition of factory

: a place where products are manufactured

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