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verb (used with object), pre·fab·ri·cat·ed, pre·fab·ri·cat·ing.
  1. to fabricate or construct beforehand.
  2. 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
Related formspre·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


  1. (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
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Derived Formsprefabricated, adjectiveprefabrication, noun
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Word Origin and History for prefabricate


1919 (implied in prefabricated), from pre- + fabricate (v.). Related: Prefabricating.

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