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

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 Luminar, which has a Portola Valley, Calif., location along with its Central Florida facility, hosts manufacture and design of its sensor here. Marco Santana,, "Former Fitbit, Apple executives join Orlando autonomous car tech company," 28 June 2018 But there are also a lot of people here who respect and support local businesses like mine, that manufacture and design locally, and that’s amazing. Isa Giallorenzo, Chicago Reader, "Style Anastasia Chatzka is closing her Ukie Village boutique this weekend but shall return," 9 Mar. 2018 But in recent years there has been a growing effort to ban these beads from manufacture and import. Bailey Bischoff, The Christian Science Monitor, "How the world made macro strides in curbing microbeads," 18 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Fentanyl is cheap to manufacture and easy to mix with most drugs, said Caroline Johnson, the city’s deputy health commissioner. Aubrey Whelan,, "Two people die in rash of crack-fentanyl overdoses in West Philadelphia," 26 June 2018 As global competition dried up manufacturing jobs in small towns, the U.S. became more dependent on the growth of knowledge and service jobs that tend to proliferate in dense places. Janet Adamy, WSJ, "Big Cities’ Success Reflects Deepening Urban-Rural Divide," 14 Nov. 2018 Takes Renee DiResta charts the evolution of propaganda on social media and warns of a dark future: These technologies will continue to evolve: disinformation campaign content will soon include manufactured video and audio. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Amazon’s HQ2 stunt could come back to haunt it," 14 Nov. 2018 What about bringing back manufacturing jobs to the state and to the area? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Eyeing a 2020 run, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti explains how he (or someone else) could beat Trump," 17 Oct. 2018 During his White House rant, Kanye also advocated for bringing manufacturing jobs to his hometown of Chicago. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Kanye West Rants About Cheating America at the White House When Some Yeezys Were Made in China," 17 Oct. 2018 West is expected to discuss a number of topics during his visit, including job opportunities for those released from prison, manufacturing jobs in Chicago, and gang violence. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Kanye West will meet with Trump at the White House to talk prison reform, violence in Chicago," 9 Oct. 2018 Opponents argue that a carbon tax would kill manufacturing jobs and hurt family income. David Koenig, The Seattle Times, "Carbon tax gets renewed attention but still faces resistance," 8 Oct. 2018 Earlier Tuesday, the Self-Defense Force ferried seven oil trucks from Hiroshima to Kure, a manufacturing city whose 226,000 residents were cut off from the rest of the prefecture due to the disaster. Washington Post, "Many out of power, water in flood-hit Japan; over 150 dead," 10 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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