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 manufacture (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

Other Words from manufacture


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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun It is used as a cooling agent, as an aerosol propellant and in the manufacture of other chemicals. Ron Wood, Arkansas Online, 18 Mar. 2022 Murano glass is made on the Venetian island of Murano, which has been one of the world’s most important glassmaking sites since the 13th century, and has long been celebrated for innovations in the manufacture of art glass. oregonlive, 10 Mar. 2022 Yara is the world's second largest producer of ammonia with a capacity in Europe of 4.9 million tonnes per year, which in turn is used in the manufacture of urea fertilizers. Reuters, CNN, 9 Mar. 2022 The Russian attack on Ukraine could disrupt global supply chains for neon gas and the metal palladium, both of which are used in the manufacture of semiconductors, analysts said. Suman Bhattacharyya, WSJ, 26 Feb. 2022 The new rules, however, will bar the manufacture or importation of incandescent bulbs as of Jan. 1. Leada Gore |, al, 28 Apr. 2022 An additional eleven per cent comes from the manufacture of materials and from the construction process. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 The initiative would apply to non-energy ventures too, including the manufacture of semiconductors, biotech and biomedical gear. Ari Natter And Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2022 New studios are being constructed out of an old industrial space in Dagenham, in east London, an area once synonymous with the manufacture of Ford cars in the 20th century. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Unlike China, America’s other major adversary, Russia has limited capability to manufacture its own chips, and almost no prospect of developing that capability without Western technology. David E. Sanger, New York Times, 25 Apr. 2022 The time needed to manufacture a vaccine – once it is decided to change or update the composition of that vaccine – also is not clear. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 But only Vedanta has announced the details of its plan—a $15 billion investment over 10 years—publicly, putting it in pole position in the race to manufacture chips domestically, industry officials say. Biman Mukherji, Fortune, 2 Apr. 2022 For instance, Intel might sell a carmaker high-tech digital chips that help the car drive itself, while Tower might manufacture the analog chips that help moderate how much electricity the car draws from its electric battery. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 15 Feb. 2022 The auto maker has forged ties with some of the biggest names in semiconductors—including Qualcomm Inc. and NXP Semiconductors NV—and has agreements in place to co-develop and manufacture computer chips. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2021 Semiconductor factories, therefore, shifted to manufacture chips for consumer goods, leading to a major shortage of car chips. Ran Poliakine, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Finding local partners to manufacture chips could stave off another calamity. Morgan Korn, ABC News, 13 June 2021 The company might not be able to manufacture its own high-end Kirin chips that will power phones like the P50 and other 2021 Huawei flagships. Chris Smith, BGR, 2 June 2021 See More

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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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“Manufacture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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