[ man-yuh-fak-cher, man-uh- ]
See synonyms for: manufacturemanufacturedmanufacturesmanufacturing on

  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.

  1. 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.

  1. to invent fictitiously; fabricate; concoct: to manufacture an account of the incident.

  2. to produce in a mechanical way without inspiration or originality: to manufacture a daily quota of poetry.

Origin of manufacture

First recorded in 1560–70; from Middle French manufacture “the action or process of making; a factory,” equivalent to Latin manū “by hand”, ablative singular of manus “hand” + Middle French facture “making, construction” (from Late Latin factūra “action of creating, a creation, piece of handiwork,” from Latin factūra “act of fashioning; metal working,” a derivative of facere “to make, do”); the verb is derivative of the noun

synonym study For manufacture

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.

Other words for manufacture

Other words from manufacture

  • man·u·fac·tur·a·ble, adjective
  • man·u·fac·tur·al, adjective
  • non·man·u·fac·ture, noun
  • non·man·u·fac·tured, adjective
  • non·man·u·fac·tur·ing, noun
  • pre·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, adjective
  • sem·i·man·u·fac·tur·ing, noun
  • un·man·u·fac·tur·a·ble, adjective
  • un·man·u·fac·tured, adjective
  • well-man·u·fac·tured, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use manufacture in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for manufacture


/ (ˌmænjʊˈfæktʃə) /

  1. to process or make (a product) from a raw material, esp as a large-scale operation using machinery

  2. (tr) to invent or concoct: to manufacture an excuse

  1. the production of goods, esp by industrial processes

  2. a manufactured product

  1. the creation or production of anything

Origin of manufacture

C16: from obsolete manufact hand-made, from Late Latin manūfactus, from Latin manus hand + facere to make

Derived forms of manufacture

  • manufacturable, adjective
  • manufacturing, noun, adjective

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