fac·​to·​ry | \ ˈfak-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce factory (audio) \
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 How to pronounce factorylike (audio) \ 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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Crews are now working to finish construction and stock the factory. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Roadwork paves way for Intel's massive Fab 42 campus in Chandler," 17 June 2019 But the 737s that now leave the factory in Renton, Washington, are very different when compared to those earlier models. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "“We are very sorry”—Boeing division CEO apologizes for 737 Max deaths," 17 June 2019 The Airstream factory is located in Jackson Center, about 20 miles southeast of Wapakoneta. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "Visiting Wapakoneta: Don’t forget Temple of Tolerance, Airstream factory tours, National Museum of U.S. Air Force," 16 June 2019 Looming in the background are competitive pressures from the nonunion transplant factories. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Volkswagen's factory workers in the US reject union," 15 June 2019 And some members of his own government joined the protest at the GE factory. Matthew Zeitlin, The New Republic, "Bernie’s Red Vermont," 13 June 2019 The filing alleges pollutants from the factory seeped into storm sewers and found their way into a nearby wetland. Charles Selle, Lake County News-Sun, "Selle: Waukegan blast lawsuit a dud when compared to EtO risks," 10 June 2019 Because there is no reliable supply of electricity, the factory is often powered by expensive generators. The Economist, "Eastern Congo has the world’s largest quinine plantations," 8 June 2019 The Facebook ban, by contrast, applies to any Huawei phone that has not yet left the factory, according to a person familiar with the matter. NBC News, "Facebook suspends app pre-installs on Huawei phones," 7 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce factory (audio) , ˈfak-trē\
plural factories

Kids Definition of factory

: a place where products are manufactured

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