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 Like many global chipmakers, SMIC relies on US software, machinery and technology to design and manufacture semiconductors. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "The United States is taking aim at China's biggest chipmaker," 5 Oct. 2020 Polestar, a joint venture of Volvo Cars and its Chinese parent, Zhejiang Geely, announced plans for mass manufacture of electric cars next year in Chengdu, China. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China’s Economy Comes Roaring Back, Led by Wealthy Consumers," 28 Sep. 2020 Biden proposes a ban on the manufacture and sale of weapons with high-capacity ammunition magazines. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death injects new urgency into Second Amendment debate amid Supreme Court battle," 21 Sep. 2020 The focus on the safety and efficacy of a vaccine is a shift from when Biden was preoccupied with whether Trump would bungle its manufacture and distribution. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden and Harris preemptively sow doubt on Trump vaccine announcement," 9 Sep. 2020 Semiconductor companies that use American software and technology to design and manufacture chips can no longer sell to Huawei without first obtaining a license from the US Commerce Department. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Huawei says 'survival is the goal' as US crackdown hammers its business," 23 Sep. 2020 The factory complex once made textiles, but Sprague refitted it for the design and manufacture of electronics, and not just rinky-dink gadgets. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Mass MoCA, the World’s Biggest Contemporary Art Museum, Looks Fantastic," 23 Sep. 2020 The design and manufacture of the battery inside an electric car is arguably its most important element. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Elon Musk Promises a $25,000 Tesla in 3 Years—Again," 22 Sep. 2020 An Acer representative confirmed later that, although Acer does own the Gateway brand, it is not directly involved in the production or manufacture of these devices. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "We found out who makes Walmart’s new Gateway laptops, and it’s bad news," 16 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In nonpandemic times, Microbrush would manufacture and package more than 500 million dental micro-applicators per year. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Grafton company switched from making dental supplies to producing millions of COVID-19 testing swabs," 1 Oct. 2020 With the partnership, the companies can manufacture between 650,000 and 2 million treatment doses in a year, or 4 million to 8 million prevention doses. Carolyn Y. Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, "These laboratory-made antibodies are a best bet for a coronavirus treatment, but there won’t be enough," 1 Oct. 2020 Molson Coors will manufacture, market and distribute Coca Cola’s new hard seltzer version of Topo Chico mineral water in the United States. Washington Post, "Nikola founder faces second accusation of sexual assault," 29 Sep. 2020 As pharmaceutical companies race to manufacture a Covid-19 vaccine, many people are wary of a shot that is working its way through the approval process at record speed during a highly politicized pandemic. NBC News, "Many parents are hesitant to give their kids a Covid-19 vaccine. What if schools require it?," 23 Sep. 2020 The company has a contract with Moderna to manufacture its coronavirus vaccine. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Trump’s Vaccine Czar Refuses to Give Up Stock in Drug Company Involved in His Government Role," 23 Sep. 2020 Hotez said Operation Warp Speed, which is giving AstraZeneca $1.2 billion to test and manufacture its coronavirus vaccine, should be communicating more with the public about safety issues, such as the two participants' illnesses. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "Internal AstraZeneca safety report sheds light on neurological condition suffered by vaccine trial participant," 17 Sep. 2020 GlaxoSmithKline, the world's largest vaccine maker, and France's Sanofi have a $2.1 billion deal with the U.S. government to develop and manufacture a coronavirus vaccine. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi to start testing coronavirus vaccine on Americans," 3 Sep. 2020 Australia has announced a deal to manufacture a potential coronavirus vaccine being developed by British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZenec. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus updates: North Carolina State University reports first cluster of cases; Hawaii delays tourism reopening; global cases top 22M," 19 Aug. 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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14 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Manufacture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 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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