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 manufacture (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 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

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 Global treaties and new technologies that address the manufacture, use, and reuse of plastics are needed to tackle this problem. Robert Rapier, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 As food was industrialized and optimized for speed, cheapness, and ease of manufacture, tater tots, TV dinners, and Spam cans pushed fresh produce to the collective periphery. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 22 Sep. 2021 The global semiconductor shortage is roiling the manufacture of all sorts of high-tech products, from cars to televisions. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 9 Sep. 2021 In part because of advocacy by Emergency, Italy in 1997 banned the manufacture, sale and export of anti-personnel land mines. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2021 More From CIO Journal From schools to financial firms and grocery stores, the world-wide chip shortage—which comes amid soaring prices for silicon wafers, and the resins and metals used in their manufacture—is rippling through supply chains. Angus Loten, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2021 Padgett rightly notes that plastic bags are no worse for the environment than paper bags, which also leave a big energy footprint in their manufacture and disposal. Dave Hyde,, 7 Aug. 2021 According to the museum this type of statue is relatively easy to identify as its manufacture was restricted to workshops in Cyrenaica, ancient Libya. CNN, 11 May 2021 The company’s founder, Rangel Vasev, developed his brush after finding none on the market that met his standards, aesthetically or with regard to materials employed in their manufacture. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Blake Smith, chief scientific officer for Zion Medicinal, said his company has come up with a way to manufacture Delta-8 without acids or other harsh chemicals and that their end product is about 98% pure. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Oct. 2021 Because of California’s size, the rules the state implements often impact what companies manufacture and sell nationally. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 With this groundbreaking work comes new challenges, such as how to manufacture something that has never been manufactured before and how to deliver totally new products from an operational perspective. Rob Kniaz, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Joyner, 46, designs his furniture in Savannah while relying on factories from China and India to manufacture many of his wares., 11 Oct. 2021 The process, which is designed to speed the typical timeline to manufacture a rocket, can make 95 percent of the parts in 60 days. NBC News, 8 Oct. 2021 Rather than manufacture vaccine proteins in a factory, scientists will deliver genetic instructions to the billions of tiny protein-producing factories inside your body: your cells. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2021 Merck has entered into licenses with eight makers of generic drugs in India, including major players like Sun Pharma and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, to manufacture its pill for poorer countries. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 The resulting spike in consumer demand created a rush to manufacture more goods and ship them to customers, which sent freight prices—and shipping profits—through the roof. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 30 Sep. 2021

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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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“Manufacture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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