man·u·fac·ture | \ ˌman-yə-ˈfak-chər , 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\-ˈfak-chə-riŋ, -ˈfak-shriŋ \

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 \-ˌfak-chə-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌfak-shrə-ˈbi- \ noun
manufacturable \-ˈfak-chə-rə-bəl, -ˈfak-shrə-bəl \ adjective
manufacturing noun

Synonyms for manufacture

Synonyms: Verb

fabricate, fashion, form, frame, make, produce

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Examples of manufacture in a Sentence


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


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

For example, Toyota’s Lexus would benefit as the only premium Japanese marque that doesn’t manufacture in China or hasn’t announced plans to do so. Fortune, "Trump Trade War Fears Cool as China Backtracks on Passenger Cars Import Duty," 22 May 2018 Arcata is a Northern California hot spot of trendy leftism that in 1989 prohibited the manufacture or storage of nuclear weapons within city limits. Karl Rove, WSJ, "The Pitchforks Are Out for McKinley," 4 Apr. 2018 Kislyak argued that the Trump administration’s new nuclear strategy involved the manufacture of low-yield weapons and made nuclear war more probable. David E. Sanger,, "Trump continues to deny Russian collusion," 17 Feb. 2018 The manufacture of liquid crystal display televisions takes place in several steps. New York Times, "What a Trade War With China Looks Like on the Front Lines," 23 June 2018 Not surprisingly, the Pacific Northwest and Upstate New York are both US regions where aluminum manufacture is common. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "New York power companies can now charge Bitcoin miners more," 16 Mar. 2018 By Gordon Dickson Alcon also has been known for the manufacture of prescription drugs, particularly for eye conditions, although that part of its business was recently separated into a different part of Novartis' operations. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "No need to shed tears yet. Alcon promises to stay in Fort Worth after spinoff," 9 July 2018 Since that first gathering in 1820, USP has continued to bring together scientific, medical and technical experts to establish quality standards for the manufacture of drug products. Michael Eisenstein, Scientific American, "The Little-known History and Global Future of Quality Medicines," 31 May 2018 FreightCar now becomes the sole tenant of the approximately 2.2 million square foot facility, which was built for the manufacture and repair of railcars. William Thornton,, "FreightCar America acquiring Navistar Shoals facility," 27 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Guns manufactured for sale feature a serial number on the receiver, which houses the firing mechanism. New York Times, "‘Downloadable Gun’ Clears a Legal Obstacle, and Activists Are Alarmed," 13 July 2018 The complaint marks the latest twist in what has been a contentious few months for the struggling company, which traces its roots to 1847 and manufactures candies such as Necco Wafers, Sweethearts, and Sky Bar., "The week in business," 13 July 2018 Then in 2016, Trump's polarizing message resonated with many of the post-manufacturing economies such as New Castle, said Mike Hicks, a Ball State economist. Seth Slabaugh, Indianapolis Star, "Sen. Joe Donnelly needs to keep his pro-Trump voters. But can he?," 12 July 2018 Baez said after manufacturing the Cubs’ winning run in the 10th inning Friday night without hitting the ball out of the infield. Mark Gonzales,, "Javier Baez's rock star performance moves Cubs into first place," 14 July 2018 The company began manufacturing the chemicals in the 1950s and stopped production in 2002. Detroit Free Press, "Snyder wants to sue 3M to recoup costs of contamination," 14 July 2018 In her suit, Thurmand says UConn manufactured false allegations about the fellowship-award process and pursued criminal and administrative charges in an effort to force her to leave. Matthew Kauffman,, "Former UConn Diversity Officer Alleges Racial Discrimination," 13 July 2018 Sessions has also proposed a change to national drug policy by limiting the amount of opioids that companies can manufacture each year. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: ACLU asks court to force government to pay cost of reuniting migrant families," 13 July 2018 Satellite photos have shown that North Korea has been expanding a key missile manufacturing plant and upgrading its nuclear infrastructure at Yongbyon. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Trump Cites Kim Letter as Sign of Progress With North Korea," 12 July 2018

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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


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


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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 \
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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