[ 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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for prefabricate

/ (priːˈfæbrɪˌkeɪt) /


(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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