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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Other Words from manufacture


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

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

Recent advances in technology, however, have led to the manufacture of a tool that can translate the Nomai’s spiral script. Christopher Byrd, Washington Post, "It might take a while to warm up to, but once you do ‘Outer Wilds’ is quite an adventure," 13 June 2019 But the engine is dogged by production problems, including the manufacture of a titanium fan blade. Stephen Singer,, "United Technologies has a long history in Connecticut that began with Pratt & Whitney," 10 June 2019 Both American and French Oak barrels are common, as are repurposed barrels from the manufacture of bourbon, cognac, or wine which can impart unique flavors to the spirit. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "12 Things Every Tequila Aficionado Needs to Know," 7 June 2019 This odor typically persists for several months after the manufacture of a new vehicle. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Chinese customers hate “new car smell,” so Ford files a patent to bake it out," 20 Nov. 2018 Partnering with Italy’s oldest silk manufactures, Martin created an homage to the 1970s. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Happy Birthday J.J.! The La DoubleJ Designer Is Celebrated With Aperol Spritzes in Little Italy," 17 May 2019 With so many cogs on the wheel, some manufactures have done away with one of the chainrings on the crank. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Road Bikes for Every Cyclist," 8 May 2019 Support for secure boot and keys that are hardwired during manufacture so the device can only run or install authorized firmware and firmware updates. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Meet Helm, the startup taking on Gmail with a server that runs in your home," 17 Oct. 2018 Simultaneously, major manufactures increased demand for pure vanilla. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Vanilla extract costs what? A worldwide shortage means it’s time to find other options," 23 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Zloczower works for a company called Watergen, which has made a name for itself manufacturing an ingenious piece of technology that vacuums up humid outside air and, in a matter of minutes, can spit out hyper-clean drinking water. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Israel has a plan for avoiding climate calamity," 15 June 2019 Anything that’s manufactured or requires energy has some environmental impact, but electric vehicles are much less harmful to the environment than those powered by gas or diesel fuel. Larry Magid, The Mercury News, "Magid: Charging advances make electric cars more enticing," 14 June 2019 The company is based in Milford, Conn., and has manufacturing operations in Sri Lanka, the U.S., Britain, Spain, France and New Zealand. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Lowell North Applied Computer Modeling to Art of Making Sails," 14 June 2019 Across the nation, manufacturing employment has surged since the end of 2016, adding 465,200 jobs. Erin Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "Houston leads nation in manufacturing job growth: study," 14 June 2019 The idea is that local entrepreneurs can afford the machines, and then can manufacture a volume of pads that is large enough to offset the production costs, but small enough to be distributed locally. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz at Work, "How the female CEO of an Indian startup avoids hiring sexist men," 14 June 2019 Trevor Story’s two-run homer in the second (his 14th of the season) then extended Colorado’s lead to 5-2 as Gray settled back in until the fourth, when San Diego manufactured a run against him to cut it to 5-3. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Charlie Blackmon’s hitting clinic leads Rockies past Padres in series opener," 13 June 2019 Yet another American automaker has started manufacturing a new model in Ohio. Andrew J. Tobias,, "Ohio’s medical marijuana industry still facing delays: Capitol Letter," 13 June 2019 Government and industries from manufacturing to tech need to come together to create a new skills paradigm: a culture of lifelong learning. Ginni Rometty, Fortune, "IBM CEO Ginni Rometty: The Future of Work Depends on Education Reform," 12 June 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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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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