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[pree-fab-ri-keyt] /priˈfæb rɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), prefabricated, prefabricating.
to fabricate or construct beforehand.
to manufacture in standardized parts or sections ready for quick assembly and erection, as buildings.
Origin of prefabricate
1930-35; pre- + fabricate
Related forms
prefabrication, noun
prefabricator, noun
unprefabricated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for prefabricated
  • We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations.
  • Many builders start with a prefabricated metal shell.
  • Or adapt a prefabricated picture frame by screwing it to a fabric-covered plywood panel.
  • Manufactured homes are prefabricated houses built entirely off site and delivered to where the family has leased land.
  • We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations.
  • The same readers will despise the prefabricated and jargon-ridden language of their contemporaries.
  • Traditional sizes have dictated many things, from expectations to prefabricated construction parts.
  • Toward the outskirts, people are living in prefabricated houses that have replaced the tents that served as temporary shelter.
  • Across the river, the corrugated-iron roofs of a prefabricated barracks glint in the midday sun.
  • Much of this will be prefabricated, rather than being riveted together from thousands of aluminium sheets and ribs.
British Dictionary definitions for prefabricated


(transitive) 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
prefabricated, adjective
prefabrication, noun
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Word Origin and History for prefabricated



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

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