- The definition of manufacture is the process of making items from raw materials.
An example of manufacture is the making of automobiles in factories.
- To manufacture is defined as to make something from raw materials by hand or using machines.
An example of to manufacture is to make clothing from cotton.
A factory engaged in the manufacture of clothing.
- the making of goods and articles by hand or, esp., by machinery, often on a large scale and with division of labor
- anything so made; manufactured product
- the making of something in any way, esp. when regarded as merely mechanical
Origin of manufactureFrench ; from Medieval Latin manufactura ; from Classical Latin manu, ablative of manus, a hand (see manual) + factura, a making ; from factus, past participle of facere, to make, do
transitive verbmanufactured, manufacturing
- to make by hand or, esp., by machinery, often on a large scale and with division of labor
- to work (wool, steel, etc.) into usable form
- to produce (art, literature, etc.) in a way regarded as mechanical and uninspired
- to make up (excuses, evidence, etc.); invent; fabricate; concoct
verbman·u·fac·tured, man·u·fac·tur·ing, man·u·fac·tures
- a. To make or process (a raw material) into a finished product, especially by means of a large-scale industrial operation.b. To make or process (a product), especially with the use of industrial machines.
- To create, produce, or turn out in a mechanical manner: “His books seem to have been manufactured rather than composed” (Dwight Macdonald).
- To concoct or invent; fabricate: manufacture an excuse.
- a. The act, craft, or process of manufacturing products, especially on a large scale.b. An industry in which mechanical power and machinery are employed.
- A product that is manufactured.
- The making or producing of something.
Origin of manufactureFrom French, manufacture, from Old French, from Medieval Latin *manūfactūra : Latin manū, ablative of manus, hand; see man-2 in Indo-European roots + Latin factūra, working of a metal, from factus, past participle of facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present manufactures, present participle manufacturing, simple past and past participle manufactured)