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

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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

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 And another state law, due to take effect in 2023, will prohibit the sale and manufacture of fur products statewide, with a few narrow exceptions. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "No fur sales in San Francisco, judge rules, even if they originate online," 1 Apr. 2021 In 1955, Frink made headlines for a proposal to restrict the manufacture and sale of toy pistols. Daniela Altimari,, "Five women pioneers were elected to the Connecticut legislature a century ago; here are their stories," 28 Mar. 2021 Van de Kamp focused on lobbying against the manufacture and sale of assault weapons. Los Angeles Times, "Column: They warned about rising anti-Asian hate 32 years ago. Californians ignored them," 25 Mar. 2021 To build in traceability and recoverability, brands can digitize their operations and their products at the point of manufacture. Niall Murphy, Forbes, "Is Sustainable Fashion Really Scalable?," 18 Mar. 2021 The Sacklers can retain control of their overseas pharmaceutical businesses for the next seven years before they're prohibited from the sale or manufacture of opioids. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, "Sackler family to pay $4.2 billion toward opioid lawsuit settlement, documents show," 16 Mar. 2021 During his campaign, Biden vowed to ban the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, pushing universal background checks on gun buyers, and holding gun manufacturers liable for misuse of their products. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Mike Lee probes how far attorney general nominee Merrick Garland might push gun control," 22 Feb. 2021 The new manufacture may help the brand eventually be able to increase its production. Roberta Naas, Forbes, "Wilhelm Schmid, CEO Of A. Lange & Sohne, Shares Plans For Brand’s Future," 19 Mar. 2021 The fixture is produced by Slamp at the brand’s manufacture in Italy. Helena Madden, Robb Report, "Meet the Boundary-Breaking Brazilian Designers Making Some of the World’s Most Inventive Furniture," 13 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That plan would make massive investments to curb climate change, including funding to electrify transportation and build up U.S. capacity to manufacture clean energy technology such as electric car batteries. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Democrats put a loophole in their climate bill," 4 Apr. 2021 Qualcomm is supposedly using a premium supplier in the controller space to design and manufacture the gamepads. Chris Smith, BGR, "Qualcomm is making a Nintendo Switch clone of its own," 24 Mar. 2021 As technology continues to advance, the companies that design and manufacture these renewable sources are also continuing to look for ways to both improve their efficiency, lengthen their lifespan and enhance their recyclability. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "Scrub Hub: Do wind turbines and solar panels go to the landfill, or can they be recycled?," 23 Mar. 2021 This will enable Lucro to develop and manufacture film structures by employing its Plast-E-Cycle process (which converts plastic waste into granules) in combination with Dow’s virgin resins. Rob Kaplan, Forbes, "How An Innovative Partnership Between Dow And Lucro, An Indian Recycling Start-Up, May Provide The Blueprint For Solving Our Biggest Climate Challenges On A Global Scale," 17 Mar. 2021 Silicon Valley companies used to design and manufacture their own chips. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Semiconductor Shortage," 12 Mar. 2021 TMC Hallcrest and LCR Hallcrest develop and manufacture color-changing temperature products, thermal labels and thermometer strips for uses ranging from medical device monitoring to food logistics and transportation. Paul O'donnell, Dallas News, "Dallas-Fort Worth’s deal-making hot streak shows no sign of slowing with seven more acquisitions," 13 Jan. 2021 Instead, the agency planned to design and manufacture its own test in-house and ship 300 of those kits to 120 public health labs throughout the United States. David Willman, Anchorage Daily News, "The CDC’s failed race to roll out a virus test," 26 Dec. 2020 Regeneron has received more than $500 million from the federal government to develop and manufacture the treatments. Katie Thomas And Noah Weiland New York Times, Star Tribune, "FDA grants emergency authorization of antibody treatment given to Trump," 21 Nov. 2020

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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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6 Apr 2021

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“Manufacture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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