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


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


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


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

Industrial in nature, best known for coal mining, steel production and car manufacture., "How Jeff Shi and Fosun International Transformed Wolverhampton Wanderers Into a Premier League Side," 12 July 2018 News broke this week that Grace Pauline Kelley, 22, had her probation revoked for a previous charge related to meth manufacture and sale. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Daughter of Kentucky native Wynonna Judd sentenced to prison," 27 June 2018 In other countries, the status has been awarded to Kabuki theater in Japan, the manufacture of batik cloth in Indonesia and the pre-Inca tradition in Peru of specialized judges who determine water rights. Claire Mufson,, "Bistros are the life of Paris, but are they UNESCO worthy?," 16 June 2018 The San Diego City Council voted 6-3 in September to legalize cultivation, testing, the manufacture of products such as edibles, and retail sales in storefront dispensaries for recreational and medical marijuana. Phil Diehl,, "Oceanside OKs commercial medical cannabis cultivation," 29 Mar. 2018 He is charged with unlawful manufacture of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana. Andrew Selsky, Houston Chronicle, "Oregon officials struggle to ID which pot sites are legal," 20 Feb. 2018 For example, Toyota’s Lexus would benefit as the only premium Japanese marque that doesn’t manufacture in China or hasn’t announced plans to do so. Fortune, "Trump Trade War Fears Cool as China Backtracks on Passenger Cars Import Duty," 22 May 2018 Arcata is a Northern California hot spot of trendy leftism that in 1989 prohibited the manufacture or storage of nuclear weapons within city limits. Karl Rove, WSJ, "The Pitchforks Are Out for McKinley," 4 Apr. 2018 Kislyak argued that the Trump administration’s new nuclear strategy involved the manufacture of low-yield weapons and made nuclear war more probable. David E. Sanger,, "Trump continues to deny Russian collusion," 17 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

By October of this year, the company will have cut 1,500 manufacturing jobs. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Smartphone Maker HTC Saw a Sharp Decline in Sales Last Month," 8 July 2018 But employment gains have been stronger outside Connecticut, which is struggling to fill thousands of manufacturing jobs. Stephen Singer,, "Report: Losses in Manufacturing, Finance Drove Connecticut's Economic Decline," 6 July 2018 This is key to Trump’s message: He was elected in a wave of economic anxiety, especially in white, rural areas where manufacturing jobs had disappeared. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "How Democrats plan to pitch their economic agenda in a strong economy," 8 June 2018 But though this might seem to serve the president’s agenda of protecting and repatriating manufacturing jobs, scaring companies away from global supply chains will leave America poorer in the long run. The Economist, "The Trump administration imposes tariffs on America’s closest allies," 1 June 2018 Beijing’s latest move could assuage concerns from many European countries and developing nations about their own trade deficits with China as well as the loss of manufacturing jobs. San Antonio Express-News, "China cuts tariffs before U.S. commerce secretary’s visit to Beijing," 31 May 2018 Nafta Revisions The action may be an attempt to pressure Trump’s North American Free Trade Agreement partners into striking a deal that would help drive manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. Laura Litvan,, "Senior Republicans Blast Trump’s Auto Tariff Threat," 24 May 2018 Mas also said a return of manufacturing jobs doesn’t just mean jobs for factory workers but also engineers and other contributing positions. Steven Lemongello,, "At Orlando event, Adam Putnam calls for increased vocational training," 16 May 2018 Guns manufactured for sale feature a serial number on the receiver, which houses the firing mechanism. New York Times, "‘Downloadable Gun’ Clears a Legal Obstacle, and Activists Are Alarmed," 13 July 2018

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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


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 \
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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