manufacture

noun
man·​u·​fac·​ture | \ ˌman-yə-ˈfak-chər How to pronounce manufacture (audio) , ˌma-nə-\

Definition of manufacture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something made from raw materials by hand or by machinery imports most manufactures used by consumers— D. L. Cohn
2a : the process of making wares by hand or by machinery especially when carried on systematically with division of labor the manufacture of automobiles
b : a productive industry using mechanical power and machinery
3 : the act or process of producing something the manufacture of blood goes on constantly in the human body— Morris Fishbein

manufacture

verb
manufactured; manufacturing\ ˌman-​yə-​ˈfak-​chə-​riŋ How to pronounce manufacturing (audio) , -​ˈfak-​shriŋ , ˌma-​nə-​ \

Definition of manufacture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make into a product suitable for use
2a : to make from raw materials by hand or by machinery
b : to produce according to an organized plan and with division of labor
c : prefabricate a manufactured home
3 : invent, fabricate known to manufacture evidence
4 : to produce as if by manufacturing : create writers who manufacture stories for television

intransitive verb

: to engage in manufacture

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Other Words from manufacture

Verb

manufacturability \ ˌman-​yə-​ˌfak-​chə-​rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce manufacturability (audio) , -​ˌfak-​shrə-​ˈbi-​ , ˌma-​nə-​ \ noun
manufacturable \ ˌman-​yə-​ˈfak-​chə-​rə-​bəl How to pronounce manufacturable (audio) , -​ˈfak-​shrə-​bəl , ˌma-​nə-​ \ adjective
manufacturing noun

Synonyms for manufacture

Synonyms: Verb

fabricate, fashion, form, frame, make, produce

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Examples of manufacture in a Sentence

Noun

materials used in the manufacture of cars We're developing new methods of paper manufacture.

Verb

materials used in manufacturing cars a company that manufactures wool and cotton clothing
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Chinese companies have also joined with Iranian peers to renovate railways, build metro lines and manufacture cars. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "China and Russia Push Into Iran, Exploiting Europe’s Caution," 28 May 2018 European automakers could shift some production for the U.S. market to America but manufacture other models elsewhere for export to the rest of the world without the auto-parts tariff. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Crash on the Autobahn," 22 Feb. 2019 Usually, the agency tries to issue warnings on specific brands or manufactures of food. Brian Resnick, Vox, "CDC: Don’t eat romaine lettuce. If you have any, throw it away.," 21 Nov. 2018 The Barcelona Chair wasn't mass-produced until the late 1940s, when Knoll Furniture Company took over the manufacture. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Here’s How the Iconic Barcelona Chair Design Came to Be," 23 Jan. 2019 Uruguay is the only other country where the manufacture, use and sale of cannabis is legal. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, "Canada’s data scientists want to know: How much do you pay for marijuana?," 10 Feb. 2018 Look for sheets that are certified organic by organizations like the USDA or GOTS as well as fair trade, to ensure that everyone involved in the manufacture of your sheets is being treated and paid fairly for their work. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "A Beginner's Guide to Making Your Home More Sustainable," 1 Apr. 2019 In May, the Board of Trustees approved an ordinance banning the sale, manufacture and possession of bump stocks and similar accessories within the village. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Northbrook officials: OpticsPlanet cannot sell bump stocks online under new ordinance," 5 June 2018 To facilitate their research, biologists regularly order short, custom pieces of DNA from companies that specialize in their manufacture. R. Daniel Bressler, Vox, "“Designer bugs”: how the next pandemic might come from a lab," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some of the data-processing units for angle-of-attack sensors and others measuring airspeed on the Lion Air jet were manufactured by Honeywell International Inc. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Lion Air Crash Probe Eyes Sensor Hazards Stretching Back Years," 18 Nov. 2018 The cocoa confection was designed and manufactured by artisan chocolatier Jean-Luc Decluzeau and features everything from chocolate walls and roof, fireplace, dresser, clock, cups, books and even a chocolate chandelier. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Cottage in France made entirely of chocolate available to book for a limited time," 25 Sep. 2018 The mine was manufactured by the Naval Undersea Warfare Command to model a foreign mine, Miles said. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Navy says mystery mine found off Bainbridge Island was from 2005 exercise," 31 Aug. 2018 Private labels are goods manufactured by one company but offered under another company’s brand. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Are Amazon Prime Day sales a steal? We asked 4 pricing firms to find out," 10 July 2018 The Washington Post says that scooters manufactured by Chinese company Okai could break while in use, and that Lime will recall them from every city that they’re deployed in. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Lime issues recall for a scooter model after reports that they can break apart," 10 Nov. 2018 Specifically, the recall affects 30-pill bottles of 10 milligram montelukast tablets (a generic version of Singulair) manufactured by Camber Pharmaceuticals, the statement says. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The FDA Just Recalled Montelukast Pills for a Dangerous Labeling Mistake," 4 Sep. 2018 Designed by Tobias Fränzel and manufactured by FINKELDEI, a luxe furniture company in Germany, the Ping Pong Door can be custom built within 8 weeks to fit your doorway — for a wee sum of 10,000€ (approximately $11,578.76). Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Ping Pong Door Is Exactly What Your Home Needs," 4 Sep. 2018 Above a graph showcasing spiking prices for Revlimid, a cancer drug manufactured by Celgene, the site encourages visitors to subscribe for email updates. Lev Facher, STAT, "Read the fine print: N.J. senator sets up phony health news website to attack challenger Bob Hugin," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of manufacture

Noun

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1648, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for manufacture

Noun and Verb

Middle French, from Medieval Latin manufactura, from Latin manu factus, literally, made by hand

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More Definitions for manufacture

manufacture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of manufacture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the process of making products especially with machines in factories

manufacture

verb

English Language Learners Definition of manufacture (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (something) usually in large amounts by using machines
: to create (something, such as a false story or explanation) by using your imagination often in order to trick or deceive someone

manufacture

verb
man·​u·​fac·​ture | \ ˌman-yə-ˈfak-chər How to pronounce manufacture (audio) \
manufactured; manufacturing

Kids Definition of manufacture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make from raw materials by hand or machinery
2 : to create using the imagination often in order to deceive He manufactures excuses for being absent.

Other Words from manufacture

manufacturer noun

manufacture

noun

Kids Definition of manufacture (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the making of products by hand or machinery
2 : production sense 2 the manufacture of blood in the body

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