prefabricate

[pree-fab-ri-keyt]
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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.

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 prefabrication

prefabricate

verb
  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
Derived Formsprefabricated, adjectiveprefabrication, noun
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Word Origin and History for prefabrication

prefabricate

v.

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

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