ˈman-ˈmād How to pronounce man-made (audio)
: manufactured, created, or constructed by human beings
specifically : synthetic
man-made fibers

Examples of man-made in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Recently, the team stumbled upon a strange structure that appeared to be man-made. Christopher Parker, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Sep. 2023 Imagined the disasters, natural and man-made, that the artists who created them went through during their lifetimes. Andrew Lavallee, New York Times, 16 Sep. 2023 Several Republicans at the debate, including Haley, emphasized that climate change is real and man-made. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2023 Evidence, however, suggests what was seen overnight was not a natural phenomenon, but man-made. Warren Kulo |, al, 11 Aug. 2023 The singing of the sand – which sounds more like a whistle or roar – is a natural phenomenon that occurs across the world, and can be man-made by visitors who rub or slap the sand between their hands. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 8 Aug. 2023 Just as was the case for the Utes in the Pac-12, there are complications involved in that, some of them natural, most of them man-made. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 July 2023 Facebook removed content related to Covid-19 in response to pressure from the Biden administration, including posts claiming the virus was man-made, according to internal company communications viewed by The Wall Street Journal. Ryan Tracy, WSJ, 28 July 2023 The approaches are pretty similar, though maybe the consensus that the phenomenon is real and man-made is a tad more widespread here in Germany. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, 24 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of man-made was in 1615

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“Man-made.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


: made by people rather than nature
man-made satellites
especially : synthetic entry 1 sense 2
man-made fibers

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