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 The conference focuses on chemicals used in the manufacture of medicines. Randy Diamond,, "Coronavirus strands Chinese professor and family in San Antonio," 7 Feb. 2020 The illness is normally found in industrial workers who have been exposed to metals like cobalt or tungsten, commonly used in metal mining, smelting, and refining, and in the manufacture or use of cutting or grinding tools. Claire Gillespie,, "Woman Diagnosed With Rare 'Cobalt Lung' Disease After Vaping Marijuana," 5 Dec. 2019 Many countries in Africa have implemented limits on the manufacture of plastic or attempted to restrict the consumption of the material through levies. Fortune, "‘Catching up with the rest of world:’ China sets bans on single-use plastic," 20 Jan. 2020 The Chinese government also heavily subsidized the manufacture of solar panels, mostly for export. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "How China Obtains American Trade Secrets," 15 Jan. 2020 The manufacture of steel, which accounts for around 5 percent of all emissions, releases nearly twice its weight in CO2. National Geographic, "Will the skyscrapers of the future be made out of wood?," 13 Jan. 2020 In September, the first Cuban-Russian mixed company was formed for the manufacture of construction materials, to be located in the Mariel special commercial zone west of Havana. Andrea RodrÍguez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "AP Explains: Why does Medvedev’s visit to Cuba matter?," 2 Oct. 2019 Nyerere, who had studied anthropology and political economy at St. Andrews University in Scotland in the 1950s, argued that natural resource products were doomed to fall in value relative to manufactures. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Edward Lotterman: Taconite layoffs manifest old debate," 22 Nov. 2019 The company has not announced plans to give away Descovy or allow its generic manufacture in the United States. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Untangling the Trump administration’s lawsuit over an HIV prevention drug," 8 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Gene therapies are complex to manufacture, and the company only has one facility producing the drug right now, with plans for two more to come online this year. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "A lottery like no other offers up a cutting-edge medicine — with lives on the line," 7 Feb. 2020 Others went to manufacture Wuhan’s ships, electronics, smelt metals, drugs. Lavender Au, The New York Review of Books, "Stuck in Central China on Coronavirus Lockdown," 4 Feb. 2020 Clevers’ now hopes to create a bank of dozens—and eventually thousands—of organoids from dangerous snakes and other reptiles that could aid in the effort to manufacture effective antivenoms. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Future of Antivenom May Start With Mini Lab-Grown Snake Glands," 30 Jan. 2020 Northrop purchased a Los Angeles factory that had once built Ford cars and used it to manufacture parts for the wings and the fuselage. Konstantin Kakaes, WSJ, "‘Stealth’ Review: Mission Invisible," 29 Jan. 2020 The Ukrainians weren’t being asked to manufacture evidence against Joe Biden, and an investigation of Burisma presumably wouldn’t have smeared him, per the above point. Rich Lowry, National Review, "15 Flaws in Adam Schiff’s Case," 27 Jan. 2020 Unlike solar panels, wind turbines, and batteries, humans don’t need to be manufactured in a factory. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "Privacy Policy," 27 Jan. 2020 Each core stage takes 16 months to procure and receive long-lead materials and another 36 months to manufacture, test, and deliver to the Kennedy Space Center. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: It takes three years to build an SLS? Long March 5B coming," 24 Jan. 2020 Modular reactors are easier to manufacture, making costs both lower and more predictable. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "These Tiny Nuclear Power Stations Could Be, Well, Huge," 21 Jan. 2020

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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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11 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Manufacture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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