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[pree-fab-ri-keyt] /priˈfæb rɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), prefabricated, prefabricating.
to fabricate or construct beforehand.
to manufacture in standardized parts or sections ready for quick assembly and erection, as buildings.
Origin of prefabricate
First recorded in 1930-35; pre- + fabricate
Related forms
prefabrication, noun
prefabricator, noun
unprefabricated, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was no great feat to divert the now aimless Colorado River aqueduct to the site nor to erect thousands of prefabricated houses.

  • The house, two stories of prefabricated metal, stood perched on one of the outer corners.

    Rich Living Michael Cathal
  • Ramshackle mine-buildings of prefabricated plastic straggled out from the shrouding blackness under a pinnacled ridge.

    Master of the Moondog Stanley Mullen
British Dictionary definitions for prefabricated


(transitive) to manufacture sections of (a building), esp in a factory, so that they can be easily transported to and rapidly assembled on a building site
Derived Forms
prefabricated, adjective
prefabrication, noun
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Word Origin and History for prefabricated



1919 (implied in prefabricated), from pre- + fabricate (v.). Related: Prefabricating.

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