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 Nyerere, who had studied anthropology and political economy at St. Andrews University in Scotland in the 1950s, argued that natural resource products were doomed to fall in value relative to manufactures. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Edward Lotterman: Taconite layoffs manifest old debate," 22 Nov. 2019 The company has not announced plans to give away Descovy or allow its generic manufacture in the United States. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Untangling the Trump administration’s lawsuit over an HIV prevention drug," 8 Nov. 2019 More than 45 other states and 2,000 local governments are hoping to win billions of dollars in verdicts with the same arguments, posing a threat to manufactures like Purdue. Riley Griffin,, "Purdue Pharma in settlement talks over thousands of opioid cases," 27 Aug. 2019 The backlash has been most severe in Iowa, the nation’s top producer of ethanol and the corn used in its manufacture. Los Angeles Times, "Trump orders biofuel boost in bid to temper farm state anger," 23 Aug. 2019 All that is what still makes Katharine Hamnett relevant today—the fact that her designs stand the test of time, allied to the upgrade of the new, clean, processes which are embedded in their manufacture. Vogue, "The Women Designers Who Changed The Way We Dress," 14 Aug. 2019 So politicians accepted the votes, but never had to acknowledge the means of their manufacture. Leonard Pitts Jr - Miami Herald, The Mercury News, "Leonard Pitts Jr.: Is the Republican Party a hate group?," 23 July 2019 But the biggest hurdle was the amount of tinkering required for their manufacture and production. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies," 15 July 2019 The aircraft is now made mainly to haul cargo, and Boeing has indicated its manufacture could end around 2022. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Airbus to Retire the A380, the Superjumbo That Never Quite Took Off," 14 Feb. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Take the case of Dow Chemical Company, which in 1965 accepted a $5 million Department of Defense contract to manufacture the flammable gel napalm during the Vietnam War. New York Times, "‘Techlash’ Hits College Campuses," 11 Jan. 2020 The Massachusetts senator proposed legislation in 2018 that would permit the federal government to manufacture certain prescription drugs when the market for them becomes too costly. Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, "Newsom wants California to be first state to sell its own prescription drugs," 9 Jan. 2020 Because of its age, some parts no longer were available and had to be manufactured. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy FD adds new aerial ladder truck," 8 Jan. 2020 Jones sentenced Wafer, 30, to seven years in prison for using a gun in the course of a drug-trafficking crime and for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana. oregonlive, "Judge rips DEA’s deception that got Portland warehouse manager kidnapped (video)," 8 Jan. 2020 But the telescope that Descartes designed, the telescope Leibniz longed for, proved impossible for Descartes’s workmen to manufacture. Merve Emre, The New York Review of Books, "The Imperfect Telescope," 7 Jan. 2020 This is possible because of a modular design that allows Samsung to manufacture the TVs in almost any large size. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "LG and Samsung TVs at CES: Bezel-free, smaller OLEDs, and more," 6 Jan. 2020 Their simplicity, compared with cars powered by internal combustion, makes EVs easier to manufacture in sections. The Economist, "China has never mastered internal-combustion engines," 2 Jan. 2020 In the coldest, darkest time of the year, humans feel compelled to manufacture light. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Give Yourself the Gift of Staying in on New Year’s Eve," 30 Dec. 2019

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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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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Manufacture.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 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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