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\ -​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

Look for sheets that are certified organic by organizations like the USDA or GOTS as well as fair trade, to ensure that everyone involved in the manufacture of your sheets is being treated and paid fairly for their work. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "A Beginner's Guide to Making Your Home More Sustainable," 1 Apr. 2019 In May, the Board of Trustees approved an ordinance banning the sale, manufacture and possession of bump stocks and similar accessories within the village. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Northbrook officials: OpticsPlanet cannot sell bump stocks online under new ordinance," 5 June 2018 To facilitate their research, biologists regularly order short, custom pieces of DNA from companies that specialize in their manufacture. R. Daniel Bressler, Vox, "“Designer bugs”: how the next pandemic might come from a lab," 6 Dec. 2018 Haters’ Tesla’s efforts to mass manufacture an electric car for the first time has vexed the company for months. Fortune, "'There's Something Wrong.' As Elon Musk Fights Short Sellers, Top Tesla Execs Keep Leaving," 14 May 2018 The hiatus is another setback for the first model Musk has tried to mass-manufacture., "Tesla Idling Model 3 Shows Musk Unable to Make On-the-Fly Fixes," 17 Apr. 2018 The hiatus is another setback for the first model Musk has tried to mass-manufacture. Bloomberg,, "Tesla suspends Model 3 production again, showing Elon Musk can't adjust it on the fly," 17 Apr. 2018 The machinery used by the Hercules company in the manufacture of potash and by products of kelp will be utilized by the International Oil & Transport company in the development of this plant., "Oil company takes over Chula Vista explosives plant," 6 Apr. 2018 Some may impose limited retaliation—that, after all, is how to treat bullies, and the threat to local manufactures will strengthen the hand of Republicans pressing Mr Trump to relent. The Economist, "The threat to world tradeThe rules-based system is in grave danger," 8 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Consider Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, which was given $4 billion by Wisconsin to build a factory to manufacture LCD TV screens in Racine. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Amazon Escapes From New York," 14 Feb. 2019 Military spending was slashed and without the huge amount of cash needed to manufacture the new, incredibly complex rifle the future of the G11 evaporated along with the enemy it was designed to fight. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "We Got Our Hands on an HK G11, the Space-Age Rifle That Never Was," 20 Mar. 2019 Another idea being discussed at the innovation lab is how 3-D printing could possibly lower a customer’s carbon footprint by manufacturing products in stores, Ms. Saxton said. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Estée Lauder Revamps IT, Merging Beauty Business With Innovation," 20 Mar. 2019 As a first step toward a European industrial policy, Germany plans to invest 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) and France another 700 million euros in backing a drive to set up a European car battery manufacturing operation. Geir Moulson, The Seattle Times, "Germany, France push to create European industrial policy," 19 Feb. 2019 They were manufactured between October 7, 2016 and October 16, 2018 and distributed between October 17, 2016 and October 23, 2018. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "These Tampons Were Recalled After Unraveling While Inside People’s Bodies," 13 Dec. 2018 Weapons, ammunition, uniforms, and other wartime necessities were manufactured here to be distributed throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond. Chris Gray, Houston Chronicle, "Expansive exhibit highlights Houston’s quiet but vital role during Civil War," 11 July 2018 Those who reserved a Model 3 early helped Tesla get a sense of the market's demand for the cars well before the company was manufacturing them. Lora Kolodny, USA TODAY, "Tesla ditches reservations, opens up Model 3 car sales to all customers in North America," 10 July 2018 The gun was manufactured in a Taurus factory in São Leopoldo in southern Brazil. Will Campbell, idahostatesman, "Path of a gun: Weapon used in Chicago shooting traced back to Idaho pawn shop," 4 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

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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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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