[ man-yuh-fak-cher ]
/ ˌmæn yəˈfæk tʃər /


the making of goods or wares by manual labor or by machinery, especially on a large scale: the manufacture of television sets.
the making or producing of anything; generation: the manufacture of body cells.
the thing or material manufactured; product: Plastic is an important manufacture.

verb (used with object), man·u·fac·tured, man·u·fac·tur·ing.

Origin of manufacture

1560–70; obsolete manufact (see manufactory) + -ure
SYNONYMS FOR manufacture
4 build.
Related forms

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for semi-manufactured


/ (ˌmænjʊˈfæktʃə) /


to process or make (a product) from a raw material, esp as a large-scale operation using machinery
(tr) to invent or concoctto manufacture an excuse


the production of goods, esp by industrial processes
a manufactured product
the creation or production of anything
Derived Formsmanufacturable, adjectivemanufacturing, noun, adjective

Word Origin for manufacture

C16: from obsolete manufact hand-made, from Late Latin manūfactus, from Latin manus hand + facere to make
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