prefabricate

verb
pre·​fab·​ri·​cate | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈfa-bri-ˌkāt How to pronounce prefabricate (audio) \
prefabricated; prefabricating; prefabricates

Definition of prefabricate

transitive verb

1 : to fabricate the parts of at a factory so that construction consists mainly of assembling and uniting standardized parts
2 : to produce artificially

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Other Words from prefabricate

prefabrication \ ˌprē-​ˌfa-​bri-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce prefabrication (audio) \ noun

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This restaurant in Dong Hoi, Vietnam, is built entirely from bamboo parts that were prefabricated then assembled on site. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Striking prefab restaurant built entirely from bamboo," 13 Sep. 2018 David Gilbert purchased a 1930s early Modernist prefabricated home for $74,000 in the working-class Prestonia neighborhood of Louisville, Ky., in 2010 with plans to rehab the investment property and sell it for a profit. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "The Secretly Stylish Interiors of Undercover Luxury Homes," 30 Aug. 2018 Their university had celebrated its installation five days before the collapse with officials saying they were filled with pride for seeing a 950-ton concrete bridge that was prefabricated and quickly installed over a busy six-lane highway. Washington Post, "After bridge collapse, flashbacks, anxiety for one survivor," 2 Apr. 2018 Their university had celebrated its installation five days before the collapse with officials saying they were filled with pride for seeing a 950-ton concrete bridge that was prefabricated and quickly installed over a busy six-lane highway. Washington Post, "After bridge collapse, flashbacks, anxiety for one survivor," 2 Apr. 2018 Their university had celebrated its installation five days before the collapse with officials saying they were filled with pride for seeing a 950-ton concrete bridge that was prefabricated and quickly installed over a busy six-lane highway. Washington Post, "After bridge collapse, flashbacks, anxiety for one survivor," 2 Apr. 2018 Each of the homes, which were prefabricated at Blueprint Robotics in Baltimore, is priced at $1.995 million and has 4,320 square feet, five bedrooms, five baths. Michele Lerner, sacbee, "Prefabs’ appeal is going up quickly," 29 June 2018 Instead, parts of the bridge are prefabricated away from the site and then moved into place. Patricia Mazzei, BostonGlobe.com, "Engineer of Florida bridge reported cracks days before collapse," 17 Mar. 2018 Their university had celebrated its installation five days before the collapse with officials saying they were filled with pride for seeing a 950-ton concrete bridge that was prefabricated and quickly installed over a busy six-lane highway. Washington Post, "After bridge collapse, flashbacks, anxiety for one survivor," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of prefabricate

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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