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

Examples of prefabricate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some parts could be prefabricated in a factory, shipped to a job site and then installed with fewer workers, the company said. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "N.Y. Building Sites Reopen, Carefully, in Sign of Life Gearing Back Up," 28 Apr. 2020 Built in 1969, the plastic prefabricated home offers a glimpse into the optimism of its time, when space was a new, exciting frontier and people believed that new technologies could solve the world's problems. Anna Bahney, CNN, "This flying saucer is one man's vacation home," 29 Nov. 2019 The playhouse is prefabricated offsite and can be delivered fully built or in flat-packed pieces to be constructed on-site. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This mini prefab cabin is a playhouse adults will envy," 18 June 2019 Like pop idols hoisted for worship, these pastors aspire toward casual majesty and achieve prefabricated fabulousness. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Normcore Opulence of Preachers Wearing Four-Figure Sneakers," 14 June 2019 The treehouse in question was prefabricated in Germany before being sent to the Swiss town of Halden, near Lake Constance, for its new residents. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Custom Made Prefab Treehouse Can Be Built in Just a Few Days," 4 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of prefabricate

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of prefabricate was in 1932

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“Prefabricate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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