prefabricate

[ pree-fab-ri-keyt ]
/ priˈfæb rɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), pre·fab·ri·cat·ed, pre·fab·ri·cat·ing.

to fabricate or construct beforehand.
to manufacture in standardized parts or sections ready for quick assembly and erection, as buildings.

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Origin of prefabricate

First recorded in 1930–35; pre- + fabricate

OTHER WORDS FROM prefabricate

pre·fab·ri·ca·tion, nounpre·fab·ri·ca·tor, nounun·pre·fab·ri·cat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prefabricate

prefabricate
/ (priːˈfæbrɪˌkeɪt) /

verb

(tr) 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 of prefabricate

prefabricated, adjectiveprefabrication, noun
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