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  1. the making of goods or wares by manual labor or by machinery, especially on a large scale: the manufacture of television sets.
  2. the making or producing of anything; generation: the manufacture of body cells.
  3. the thing or material manufactured; product: Plastic is an important manufacture.
verb (used with object), man·u·fac·tured, man·u·fac·tur·ing.
  1. to make or produce by hand or machinery, especially on a large scale.
  2. to work up (material) into form for use: to manufacture cotton.
  3. to invent fictitiously; fabricate; concoct: to manufacture an account of the incident.
  4. to produce in a mechanical way without inspiration or originality: to manufacture a daily quota of poetry.

Origin of manufacture

1560–70; obsolete manufact (see manufactory) + -ure
Related formsman·u·fac·tur·a·ble, adjectiveman·u·fac·tur·al, adjectivenon·man·u·fac·ture, nounnon·man·u·fac·tured, adjectivenon·man·u·fac·tur·ing, nounpre·man·u·fac·ture, verb (used with object), pre·man·u·fac·tured, pre·man·u·fac·tur·ing.sem·i·man·u·fac·tured, adjectivesem·i·man·u·fac·tur·ing, nounun·man·u·fac·tur·a·ble, adjectiveun·man·u·fac·tured, adjectivewell-man·u·fac·tured, adjective

Synonyms for manufacture

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4. build.

Synonym study

4. Manufacture, assemble, fabricate apply to processes in industry. Manufacture, originally to make by hand, now means to make by machine or by industrial process: to manufacture rubber tires. To assemble is to fit together the manufactured parts of something mechanical: to assemble an automobile. To fabricate is to construct or build by fitting standardized parts together: to fabricate houses. See also make1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for manufactured

Contemporary Examples of manufactured

Historical Examples of manufactured

  • We have manufactured a malgamite which has been well received by the paper-makers.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • No factories can be built if no one wants the things that would be manufactured in them.


    Theodor Hertzka

  • This paper could only be manufactured with a large addition of malgamite to its other components.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • I mean the neglect of natural in favour of manufactured flavourings.

  • He is simply a manufactured article bearing the stamp of the maker.

    The Curse of Education

    Harold E. Gorst

British Dictionary definitions for manufactured


  1. to process or make (a product) from a raw material, esp as a large-scale operation using machinery
  2. (tr) to invent or concoctto manufacture an excuse
  1. the production of goods, esp by industrial processes
  2. a manufactured product
  3. the creation or production of anything
Derived Formsmanufacturable, adjectivemanufacturing, noun, adjective

Word Origin for manufacture

C16: from obsolete manufact hand-made, from Late Latin manūfactus, from Latin manus hand + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for manufactured



1680s, from manufacture (n.). Related: Manufactured; manufacturing; manufacturable.



1560s, "something made by hand," from Middle French manufacture, from Medieval Latin *manufactura (source of Italian manifattura, Spanish manufactura), from Latin manu, ablative of manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)) + factura "a working," from past participle stem of facere "to perform" (see factitious). Sense of "process of manufacturing" first recorded c.1600. Related: Manufactures.

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