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.

1560–70; obsolete manufact (see manufactory) + -ure

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.
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manufacture (ˌmænjʊˈfæktʃə)
1.  to process or make (a product) from a raw material, esp as a large-scale operation using machinery
2.  (tr) to invent or concoct: to manufacture an excuse
3.  the production of goods, esp by industrial processes
4.  a manufactured product
5.  the creation or production of anything
[C16: from obsolete manufact hand-made, from Late Latin manūfactus, from Latin manus hand + facere to make]
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

1560s, "something made by hand," from M.Fr. manufacture, from M.L. *manufactura, from L. manu, abl. of manus "hand" (see manual) + factura "a working," from pp. stem of facere "to perform" (see factitious). Sense of "process of manufacturing"
first recorded c.1600. The verb is attested from 1680s. Related: Manufactured; manufactures; manufacturing.
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