the making of goods or wares by manual labor or by machinery, especially on a large scale: the manufacture of television sets.
the making or producing of anything; generation: the manufacture of body cells.
the thing or material manufactured; product: Plastic is an important manufacture.

verb (used with object), man·u·fac·tured, man·u·fac·tur·ing.

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

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for manufactured

Contemporary Examples of manufactured

Historical Examples of manufactured

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


    Theodor Hertzka

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

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • 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



to process or make (a product) from a raw material, esp as a large-scale operation using machinery
(tr) to invent or concoctto manufacture an excuse


the production of goods, esp by industrial processes
a manufactured product
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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