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


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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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

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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 The cell and gene therapy company last month entered a consortium focused on large-scale manufacture of the potential vaccine. Suzi Ring,, "AstraZeneca Joins With Oxford Biomedica to Produce Covid-19 Shot," 1 June 2020 The COVAX Facility will achieve this by pooling resources to simultaneously back the development and manufacture of a larger and more diverse range of COVID-19 vaccines than could otherwise be achieved by any individual or group of governments. Seth Berkley, Fortune, "In the COVID-19 vaccine race, nobody wins unless everyone wins," 8 July 2020 The mining of those metals for that new phone alone basically accounts for as much as 95% of the carbon dioxide emissions associated with its manufacture and use for the first two years. Michael Park, CNN Underscored, "Take on tech’s trash problem with Decluttr," 24 June 2020 Medieval skeletons from Jutland indicated the use of copper kitchen utensils, and conquistadores depended on indigenous American copper smelters for the manufacture of munitions. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 23 June 2020 While, like most sunscreens, their products remain effective for 3 years from the manufacture date, properly determining that date is key. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, "How To Tell If Your Sunscreen Is Expired," 17 June 2020 Included in the pact is a technology transfer from Gilead for the manufacture of the drug. Carla Canivete,, "Dr. Reddy’s Labs Signs Licensing Pact With Gilead for Remdesivir," 14 June 2020 Volkswagen shook up senior management following mishaps in the manufacture of some of its models, replacing Herbert Diess as head of the VW passenger-cars brand with Ralf Brandstätter. The Economist, "Business this week," 11 June 2020 The most humane and efficient way to move past the coronavirus pandemic will be to develop, test, manufacture, distribute, and administer a safe and effective vaccine to billions of people around the globe. Fortune, "How to counter vaccine skepticism if a coronavirus vaccine becomes available," 9 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Later in May, the government announced plans for ApiJect to manufacture more than 500 million all-in-one devices that would come pre-loaded with the vaccine. Martha Mendoza And Juliet Linderman, Detroit Free Press, "Trump administration bets on small, untested company to deliver coronavirus vaccine," 10 July 2020 The other companies that currently manufacture the RHD vaccine produce it by infecting live rabbits with RHD. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, "The Rabbit Outbreak," 29 June 2020 The factory would manufacture Tesla’s upcoming Cybertruck electric pickup and also serve as a second site for building its Model Y SUV. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Tesla gigafactory could get nearly $15 million tax break from Travis County," 23 June 2020 Its injector is not approved by federal health authorities and the company hasn’t yet set up a factory to manufacture the devices. Martha Mendoza And Juliet Linderman, Anchorage Daily News, "US bets on untested company to deliver COVID-19 vaccine," 16 Mar. 2020 The pharmaceutical approach is to manufacture the antibodies from scratch and then give them directly to patients. The Economist, "The Economist explains Will antibody therapies help control covid-19?," 8 July 2020 Novavax is the fourth company to receive federal funds to conduct large-scale Phase 3 clinical trials and manufacture its Covid-19 vaccine. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "Operation Warp Speed commits $1.6 billion to Covid-19 vaccine maker Novavax," 7 July 2020 Lordstown Motors purchased the plant in November and announced a plan to manufacture electric-powered pickup trucks. Todd Defeo, Washington Examiner, "Ohio attorney general wants GM to repay $60M in tax credits," 1 July 2020 Portland officials said evidence showed Monsanto, the only company to make PCBs, was aware of the health impacts of the chemicals but continued to manufacture them. oregonlive, "Portland part of $550 million settlement with Monsanto over environmental contamination lawsuit," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of manufacture


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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The first known use of manufacture was in 1567

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3 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Manufacture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of manufacture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the process of making products especially with machines in factories



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


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



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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