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[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), manufactured, manufacturing.
to make or produce by hand or machinery, especially on a large scale.
to work up (material) into form for use:
to manufacture cotton.
to invent fictitiously; fabricate; concoct:
to manufacture an account of the incident.
to produce in a mechanical way without inspiration or originality:
to manufacture a daily quota of poetry.
Origin of manufacture
1560-70; obsolete manufact (see manufactory) + -ure
Related forms
manufacturable, adjective
manufactural, adjective
nonmanufacture, noun
nonmanufactured, adjective
nonmanufacturing, noun
premanufacture, verb (used with object), premanufactured, premanufacturing.
semimanufactured, adjective
semimanufacturing, noun
unmanufacturable, adjective
unmanufactured, adjective
well-manufactured, adjective
4. build. 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 Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This was in March, 1867, while the youth was engaged in the manufacture of paper boxes.

    Voyage of the Paper Canoe Nathaniel H. Bishop
  • I was impressed not so much with the speed of the manufacture as the character of the factory.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • Most amateurs are deterred from attempting to manufacture it, and so have to content themselves with only the simplest pieces.

  • The manufacture of delft ware was known to have greatly enriched Holland.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • One part of the celebration was the manufacture of a mammoth cake by the same firm that made the coronation cake.

British Dictionary definitions for manufacture


to process or make (a product) from a raw material, esp as a large-scale operation using machinery
(transitive) to invent or concoct: to manufacture an excuse
the production of goods, esp by industrial processes
a manufactured product
the creation or production of anything
Derived Forms
manufacturable, adjective
manufacturing, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from obsolete manufact hand-made, from Late Latin manūfactus, from Latin manus hand + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for manufacture

1560s, "something made by hand," from Middle French manufacture, from Medieval Latin *manufactura (source of Italian manifattura, Spanish manufactura), from Latin manu, ablative of manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)) + factura "a working," from past participle stem of facere "to perform" (see factitious). Sense of "process of manufacturing" first recorded c.1600. Related: Manufactures.


1680s, from manufacture (n.). Related: Manufactured; manufacturing; manufacturable.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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