manufacture

noun
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

manufacture

verb
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

Verb

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

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

Cobalt is a crucial element in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries, which are found in Tesla cars, among most other consumer electronics. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Newer Tesla batteries contain Cuban cobalt, likely illegal under US sanctions," 20 July 2018 That contest is over the more valuable production steps like research, design and the manufacture of more sophisticated components where the U.S. is dominant but China is closing the gap. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Bringing iPhone Assembly to U.S. Would Be a Hollow Victory for Trump," 19 Sep. 2018 The council voted unanimously to direct the city attorney to draft an ordinance that will prohibit the manufacture and sale of fur products. Fox News, "Los Angeles takes step to become largest U.S. city to ban fur," 18 Sep. 2018 Green Thumb Houses has direct contact with many manufactures to influence them to make better and [more sustainable] products to cater to our customers. Adrian White, Good Housekeeping, "6 Best Hoop Houses And Greenhouses For Growing Your Own Food Year Round," 20 Oct. 2017 Also keep an eye out for the date of manufacture stamped on the device. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Need to Check Your Smoke Detectors During Daylight Saving," 2 Nov. 2018 The Supermicro backdoor reported Tuesday was also the result of malicious hardware secretly implanted during its manufacture. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Bloomberg report says backdoored Supermicro hardware infiltrated major US telecom," 9 Oct. 2018 Finding a material that could work involves balancing a lot of factors, including heat and chemical resistance, ease of manufacture, and high heat transfer rates. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New material could up efficiency of concentrated solar power," 19 Oct. 2018 The government has regulated commercial manufacture of arms and the arms and transfer and interstate commerce, but the government has never regulated the production of firearms that you're allowed to own. Fox News, "John Bolton on Maduro 'assassination' attempt, Russian election meddling," 5 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

It was postponed in July after Alvogen, a pharmaceutical company that manufactures the sedative midazolam, sued the state of Nevada. Abdullah Shihipar, Teen Vogue, "Lethal Injection Drugs and the Death Penalty, Explained," 30 Oct. 2018 After a strong performance in 2017, manufacturing output appears to be falling. The Economist, "The economy has slowed to a standstill, largely because of Brexit," 21 June 2018 Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) would like the federal government to start manufacturing prescription drugs when the market fails and prices for certain medications become unaffordable. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Warren’s interesting new bill to lower generic drug prices, explained.," 20 Dec. 2018 Now there are aluminum trees and plastic trees manufactured to appear more realistic. Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, "Cutting your own Christmas tree: a day of family traditions on a North Bend farm," 8 Dec. 2018 Use a brand of lemon oil that is manufactured specifically for guitars, like Dunlop 65 Ultimate Lemon Oil. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up a Guitar And Make It Your Own," 7 Dec. 2018 The crisis at the Mexican-U.S. border is—as both the statistics and common sense indicate—manufactured hysteria, the work of racist demagoguery. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "What If There Were No Borders?," 30 Nov. 2018 Lein points out that their entire collection is made in the U.S. as opposed to China, where the majority of their competitors manufacture their luggage (bags are made to order at their California factory and shipped within three days). Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Everyone Wants an Away Suitcase," 26 Nov. 2018 Trafficking in bombastic manufactured outrage, it's politics that pretends to be brave and tough, but in fact is born of fear. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Barack Obama's Speech at John McCain's Funeral," 1 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of manufacture

Noun

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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manufacture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of manufacture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the process of making products especially with machines in factories

manufacture

verb

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

manufacture

verb
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

manufacture

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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