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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.
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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.
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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


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.
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British Dictionary definitions for non-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
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  1. the production of goods, esp by industrial processes
  2. a manufactured product
  3. the creation or production of anything
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Derived Formsmanufacturable, adjectivemanufacturing, noun, adjective

Word Origin

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 non-manufactured



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

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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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