manufacture

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noun

man·​u·​fac·​ture ˌman-yə-ˈfak-chər How to pronounce manufacture (audio)
ˌma-nə-
1
: something made from raw materials by hand or by machinery
imports most manufactures used by consumersD. L. Cohn
2
a
: 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 bodyMorris Fishbein

manufacture

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verb

manufactured; manufacturing ˌman-yə-ˈfak-chə-riŋ How to pronounce manufacture (audio)
-ˈfak-shriŋ,
ˌma-nə-

transitive verb

1
: to make into a product suitable for use
2
a
: 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
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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The car is from the model’s last year of manufacture, and of the 375 examples that were produced worldwide in total, this is number 99 in the production run. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 27 June 2024 The laws signed by Biden put more than $500 billion toward climate action and are packed with funding for the manufacture and use of technologies that cut planet-heating emissions. Michael Copley, NPR, 25 June 2024
Verb
The country hosts more than 250 companies that manufacture cars or their components, including Stellantis and Renault as well as Chinese, Japanese, American and Korean factories that make seats, engines, shock absorbers and wheels. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune Asia, 3 July 2024 Prophet Premium Blends of Santa Ana, California, which manufactures the products, initiated a nationwide recall for Diamond Shruumz-brand chocolate bars, cones and gummies on Thursday. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 2 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for manufacture 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

Middle French, from Medieval Latin manufactura, from Latin manu factus, literally, made by hand

First Known Use

Noun

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1648, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of manufacture was in 1567

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Cite this Entry

“Manufacture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manufacture. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

manufacture

1 of 2 noun
man·​u·​fac·​ture ˌman-(y)ə-ˈfak-chər How to pronounce manufacture (audio)
1
: something made from raw materials
2
: the making of products by hand or machinery
3
: production sense 2
the manufacture of blood in the body

manufacture

2 of 2 verb
manufactured; manufacturing
-ˈfak-chə-riŋ,
-ˈfak-shriŋ
1
: to make into a product suitable for use
manufacture wool
2
: to make from raw materials by hand or by machinery
3
: to make up sometimes with the intention of misleading
manufacturing noun
Etymology

Noun

from early French manufacture "something made," from Latin manufactus "made by hand," from earlier manu "by hand" (from manus "hand") and factus, past participle of facere "to make, do" — related to factory, fashion, manage, manual

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