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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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

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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 Expect defensive coordinator Bryan Brown to mix in a base three-to-four-man front and manufacture pressure with extra bodies. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "If Louisville is going to upset No. 2 Clemson, it must do these 3 things," 18 Oct. 2019 Many of the locations that today manufacture goods chiefly destined for the West, such as southeast Asia, are experiencing increasingly severe storms and flooding. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Wall Street sees profits in a heating planet," 19 Sep. 2019 Moore also faces felony manufacture/deliver charges for having between 30 and 500 grams of cannibas, according to police. Peter Nickeas,, "Four charged in robbery, carjacking on Far South Side," 27 Mar. 2018 My cousin is on staff at Ebonite (bowling ball manufacture). Steve Millar, Daily Southtown, "All hail, Bailey: Delrose on the rise as Lockport heads to state bowling meet," 16 Feb. 2018 In a news conference, Haig’s attorney Marc J. Victor said that his client did not alter the bullets from the manufacture specs, CNN reported. Lisa Marie Segarra, Time, "Man Who Sold Las Vegas Shooter Ammo Is Arrested on Federal Charges," 3 Feb. 2018 Humans eat a mere one-fifth of all maize grown globally; their animals eat two-thirds of it; and one-tenth is used in the manufacture of, broadly, other food and fuel. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: Inside the world of corn," 11 Sep. 2019 The act prohibited the manufacture, transfer or possession of semiautomatic assault weapons. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: SB 66 ensures the right to bear arms is not unlimited," 9 Sep. 2019 Japan has also imposed stricter controls on exports of three chemical products widely used in the manufacture of two of South Korea’s most important exports: semiconductors and displays for televisions and smartphones. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "South Korea Retaliates Against Japan in Trade and Diplomatic Rift," 12 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wood manufacturing employment has been rising modestly in the years since then and Rooney notes that wood products is economically essential in several rural counties. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive, "Oregon Insight: wood products’ decline was steep – but it remains vital in rural counties," 15 Sep. 2019 At the Novartis campus in Basel, Switzerland, sits one of the world’s few continuous-manufacturing drug facilities, built in 2017 and developed in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Economist, "A dire scarcity of drugs is worsening, in part, because they are so cheap," 14 Sep. 2019 The postponement delays a decision on whether to exempt a display of low-income manufactured housing cottages from the site plan review process. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Planners review Woodson parking, evacuation plan," 13 Sep. 2019 By the end, Mitch McDonald, 19, was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing dangerous drugs, and possession of materials to make dangerous drugs. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Suspected meth lab busted in San Ramon," 13 Sep. 2019 What damage does third world manufacturing cause to our planet? Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: More police, less crime?," 13 Sep. 2019 In 2014, Chinese company WinSun demonstrated the architectural potential of 3D printing by manufacturing 10 single-story houses in one day. Anne Quito, Quartz, "A Swiss house built by robots promises to revolutionize the construction industry," 12 Sep. 2019 On that introductory layer of his meta concept, Ueda deploys an ensemble cast in which every member is astutely calibrated to generate an illusion of rawness that’s actually manufactured through choreography and detailed planning. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Shinichiro Ueda’s ‘One Cut of the Dead’ is the year’s funniest horror-comedy," 12 Sep. 2019 As the world’s manufacturing hub, China is in a unique position to change the course of global emissions. Ma Jun, Time, "How China Can Truly Lead the Fight Against Climate Change," 12 Sep. 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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18 Nov 2019

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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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