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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Other Words from manufacture


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

But in recent years there has been a growing effort to ban these beads from manufacture and import. Bailey Bischoff, The Christian Science Monitor, "How the world made macro strides in curbing microbeads," 18 Apr. 2018 Industrial in nature, best known for coal mining, steel production and car manufacture., "How Jeff Shi and Fosun International Transformed Wolverhampton Wanderers Into a Premier League Side," 12 July 2018 News broke this week that Grace Pauline Kelley, 22, had her probation revoked for a previous charge related to meth manufacture and sale. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Daughter of Kentucky native Wynonna Judd sentenced to prison," 27 June 2018 In other countries, the status has been awarded to Kabuki theater in Japan, the manufacture of batik cloth in Indonesia and the pre-Inca tradition in Peru of specialized judges who determine water rights. Claire Mufson,, "Bistros are the life of Paris, but are they UNESCO worthy?," 16 June 2018 The San Diego City Council voted 6-3 in September to legalize cultivation, testing, the manufacture of products such as edibles, and retail sales in storefront dispensaries for recreational and medical marijuana. Phil Diehl,, "Oceanside OKs commercial medical cannabis cultivation," 29 Mar. 2018 He is charged with unlawful manufacture of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana. Andrew Selsky, Houston Chronicle, "Oregon officials struggle to ID which pot sites are legal," 20 Feb. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Earlier Tuesday, the Self-Defense Force ferried seven oil trucks from Hiroshima to Kure, a manufacturing city whose 226,000 residents were cut off from the rest of the prefecture due to the disaster. Washington Post, "Many out of power, water in flood-hit Japan; over 150 dead," 10 July 2018 In May, a seasonally adjusted 117,000 manufacturing workers were let go, a slight decline from April. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Factory Workers’ New Perk: Job Security," 10 July 2018 Earlier Tuesday, the Self-Defense Force ferried seven oil trucks from Hiroshima to Kure, a manufacturing city whose 226,000 residents were cut off from the rest of the prefecture due to the disaster. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Many out of power, water in flood-hit Japan; over 150 dead," 10 July 2018 Despite neighborhood protests, the city went ahead with demolitions and created a district of one- and two-story warehouses, union halls, light manufacturing facilities, and many surface parking lots. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what you might not know about Corktown's history," 9 July 2018 The company is expected to cut 1,500 manufacturing jobs in Taiwan, roughly a quarter of its 6,450 global staff, Reuters reported. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Smartphone Maker HTC Cuts a Quarter of Global Staff," 2 July 2018 American manufacturers like automakers have made considerable investments into manufacturing facilities in China, and the financial and professional services sectors have a large and profitable presence there. NBC News, "Beijing has tactics besides just tariffs to hurt the U.S. in a trade war," 19 June 2018 This infrastructure includes hospitals, pharmacies, nursing homes, and dialysis centers, along with health care distribution centers and manufacturing facilities. Nicolette Louissaint, STAT, "Congress needs to back legislation supporting disaster preparedness," 15 June 2018 Delta in developing the uniforms worked with an auditor to visit supplier manufacturing facilities and fabric mills, and developed options including the 100% cotton and non-wool uniform pieces. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Delta makes fixes in response to glitches in new employee uniforms," 7 June 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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