Definition of manufacture in English:

manufacture

verb

[with object]
  • 1Make (something) on a large scale using machinery.

    ‘firms who manufacture ball bearings’
    • ‘The family fortune assured from an essential drilling bit manufactured by the firm, he was able to indulge his passion for the motion picture industry.’
    • ‘The picture is similar in many other countries with firms that export manufactured goods.’
    • ‘Last week, a Nottingham firm which manufactures cricket shirts reported rocketing sales of the Pakistan cricket shirt.’
    • ‘Lord Nuffield manufactured hundreds of the machines and they were provided to any hospital which requested one free of charge.’
    • ‘What if your machine tool dealer decides not to sell you a machine if you intend to manufacture guns on it?’
    • ‘High precision work is usually found to be lacking in the various units that manufacture artificial limbs.’
    • ‘What company has taken it upon themselves to manufacture fake cat hair and, further, who would want to buy such a thing?’
    • ‘What's creepy about this quote is the context in which it appears on the homepage of a company that manufactures touch screen voting machines in California.’
    • ‘Most imitation guns are specifically manufactured to be exact replicas.’
    • ‘It continues to design and sell specialised trailers for the racing car world, but no longer manufactures.’
    • ‘But the firm, which manufactures real-time electronic systems for use in the logistics industry, suffered in 2003 from a general lack of confidence in the sector.’
    • ‘Machines to manufacture them have a tough task to fulfill.’
    • ‘Albertus worked as an accountant for a firm who manufactured farm machinery, but the great love of his life was music.’
    • ‘MSG is manufactured on a large scale in many countries - total world output is said now to be well over a quarter of a million tonnes per year.’
    • ‘Cultural products were manufactured on a mass scale, marketed by advertising, made ever more accessible by revolutions in technology.’
    • ‘This was a well-planned crime and you acquired the equipment to manufacture counterfeit notes.’
    • ‘Scottish firms could gain additional expertise, access to manufacturing facilities and customers.’
    • ‘On the suggestion of a friend, he tried his hand at procuring and marketing furniture manufactured by a Bangalore firm.’
    • ‘Indeed the first scene takes place at the headquarters of Cybertronics, a private firm that manufactures robots.’
    • ‘The fake goods being manufactured in this district have been finding their way to various markets in the two states.’
    make, produce, mass produce, build, construct, assemble, put together, create, fabricate, prefabricate, turn out, process, form, fashion, model, mould, shape, forge, engineer
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    1. 1.1 (of a living thing) produce (a substance) naturally.
      ‘most plants use the sun's light to manufacture their food through photosynthesis’
      • ‘Bisphosphonates are synthetic versions of pyrophosphate, a salt that the body manufactures to help with the metabolism.’
      • ‘It doesn't hurt that trees manufacture oxygen, prevent soil erosion and reduce the heat.’
      • ‘The gene that is responsible for the worms' mutation manufactures a small, stable strand of RNA that is not translated into a protein.’
      • ‘The new Escherichia coli can manufacture the extra amino acid, p-aminophenylalanine, then incorporate it into proteins.’
      • ‘This genus manufactures potent chemicals that attack the liver and so are called hepatotoxins.’
      • ‘But the body manufactures enough cholesterol for these functions.’
      • ‘Plants manufacture their own food by photosynthesis.’
      • ‘Sodium is an essential nutrient that the body cannot manufacture itself.’
      • ‘The body manufactures cholesterol, about 600 mg per day, for its needs.’
      • ‘The spider manufactures silk protein in its silk gland, at which point it is still soluble.’
      • ‘The body doesn't manufacture these fatty acids so they have to be consumed.’
      • ‘The thyroid gland manufactures protein hormones, for which it needs iodine.’
      • ‘Some fishes use mineral grains from the environment for this purpose, and a few taxa manufacture calcium phosphate otoliths.’
      • ‘The fat hanging on your frame actually manufactures hormones, especially estrogen.’
      • ‘Do the microorganisms somehow manufacture their own food?’
      • ‘The brain cells in this area manufacture an enzyme called aromatase, which is involved in the action of testosterone.’
    2. 1.2 Make or produce (something abstract) in a merely mechanical way.
      ‘Julia manufactured a smile’
      • ‘Streetwise Javine tries admirably to stand out from the mass mediocrity of manufactured clones that constitute rivals.’
      • ‘In fact, compared to the honesty and melody of Ritter's songs, Irish Country looks like manufactured pop.’
      • ‘It is not ironic or post-ironic, merely manufactured and synthetic.’
      • ‘He's the editor of The Baffler, a Chicago-based review of manufactured fashions and opinions.’
      • ‘At that moment, the door opened, and Kalven's wife entered the room with a manufactured smile on her face.’
      • ‘With this, their second offering, Liberty X has broken the mould of the manufactured pop group.’
      • ‘His carefully crafted mystique is built entirely on his manufactured masculinity.’
      • ‘What she actually offers is a load of manufactured pop songs, sung in a slightly affected posh voice.’
      • ‘She gave him another perfectly manufactured smile as flashbulbs went off around them.’
      • ‘Generally, I don't even mind when someone, usually a manufactured boy band, covers a song whose original I particularly liked.’
      make, produce, mass produce, build, construct, assemble, put together, create, fabricate, prefabricate, turn out, process, form, fashion, model, mould, shape, forge, engineer
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  • 2Invent (evidence or a story)

    ‘claims that the entire row had been manufactured by the press’
    • ‘The split is a manufactured attempt to create competition, but where's the thrill?’
    • ‘Nor was there any good evidence for it, though plenty was manufactured by innuendo.’
    • ‘When you manufacture consent on artificial reality, to borrow an idiom from Noam Chomsky, you have to make sure that it is certified export quality.’
    • ‘Under stress, whether real or manufactured, the institutions we take for granted are subject to change.’
    • ‘All the details of the story turned out to be false and manufactured by the reporter himself.’
    • ‘But equally certainly it was just the sort of story that would be manufactured by his enemies to do him mischief.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, with the parts I had left over I approached Mr Tony and manufactured this news story.’
    • ‘Why are they trying to manufacture a fake identity and selling it off as being cool?’
    • ‘This synthetically manufactured fear is used to gain public sanction for further acts of aggression.’
    • ‘The theory of mob lynching has been manufactured to hide the facts of this gruesome incident.’
    • ‘He then had to manufacture a fake loan to cover the loan he had agreed.’
    make up, invent, fabricate, concoct, hatch, dream up, think up, trump up, devise, formulate, frame, contrive, construct, coin
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noun

mass noun
  • 1The making of articles on a large scale using machinery.

    ‘the manufacture of armoured vehicles’
    • ‘He poses the question: can the process of design carry through into the process of manufacture?’
    • ‘Even then, Europe, and particularly Britain, did not have mass manufacture on the scale of the American model.’
    • ‘Similarly, they are streamlining manufacture and assembly by buying systems instead of components.’
    • ‘But Ford is understood to be looking closely at overseas manufacture in order to reduce showroom prices and its exposure to unfavourable exchange rates.’
    • ‘Parts imported for the manufacture of textile machinery will also attract five per cent customs duty subject to end-use condition.’
    • ‘At the other end of the process of manufacture, there were merchants who organized the ginning and bowing of the raw cotton and sold the rovings to the spinners.’
    • ‘He examines the style, quality and process of manufacture.’
    • ‘The manufacture of the sphere needed sophisticated high technology forming and welding, technology not available in New Zealand.’
    • ‘Rhodes, who had taken a great interest in the gun and its manufacture, was present, along with a number of local dignitaries and senior officers of the garrison.’
    • ‘He understood the processes involved in industrial manufacture and the properties of the materials employed.’
    • ‘Much of that is down to a far-reaching strategic shift away from assembly and basic manufacture to an emphasis on support services.’
    • ‘Oh, there are a few marvels of engineering and manufacture: the spoon, dental floss, and the cutting board, to name a few.’
    • ‘This type of construction simplifies manufacture by making it easier to join and regulate the barrels.’
    • ‘Just ask the Republican members of the US Congress how they feel about foreign manufacture of US developed high technology.’
    • ‘But in these days of Robots and Computer-aided manufacture rather than slave labour, it should be a whole lot more reliable.’
    • ‘The manufacture of metal plate armour involves a similar process and range of skills as that involved in the making of helmets.’
    • ‘They probably can't legislate manufacture, nor anything beyond the first sale after interstate or overseas goods movement.’
    • ‘He also stated that it was only a small part of the total wastes arising which are attributable to the actual process of manufacture of Trident warheads.’
    • ‘Within these groups there are forms found across the western provinces and beyond, implying large scale manufacture, while others are confined to smaller areas.’
    • ‘From concept sketch to prototype to mass manufacture, General Motors is digitizing as much of the car-making process as it can.’
    production, making, manufacturing, mass-production, construction, building, assembly, creation, fabrication, prefabrication, processing, putting together, turning out, engineering, forging
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    1. 1.1with modifier A specified branch of industry.
      ‘the porcelain manufacture for which France became justly renowned’
      • ‘In 1855 he established Mort's dry dock at Balmain, and progressed from shipbuilding to locomotive manufacture and general engineering.’
      • ‘Food manufacture and horticulture also contribute to high volumes of industrial waste.’
      • ‘The opening scene depicts Detroit as a city of smoke and industry, car manufacture, and boarded-up buildings.’
      • ‘Learners will gain a working knowledge of the food industry, with a general introduction to food manufacture backed up with a range of specialist options.’
      • ‘Engineering, shipbuilding, petroleum-refining, and furniture manufacture are important industries.’
      • ‘In fact, north Italy generated numerous major rural industrial sectors in the period, including iron, paper manufacture, linens and woollens.’
      • ‘These are used in aerospace engineering, turbine manufacture, and power generation.’
      • ‘Historically ceramics production was widely dispersed, its main branches being brick and tile, pottery and porcelain manufacture.’
      • ‘These resulted from problems he studied concerning the reliability of the machines used in textile manufacture and his first papers were published in 1933.’
      • ‘Railway engine manufacture was Glasgow's second largest heavy industry, after shipbuilding.’
      • ‘The Economist recently ran an excellent survey of the car industry, including an article related to the product development process in automobile manufacture.’
      • ‘Germany used its rich iron and coal resources to develop heavy industry, such as iron and steel manufacture.’
    2. 1.2manufactures Manufactured articles.
      ‘exports and imports of manufactures’
      • ‘The result of raising taxes on manufactures will directly affect the costs consumers pay.’
      • ‘Australia is not a big enough market for us, so as well as expanding land-based exports to China and the rest of East Asia, we send manufactures and services to the US and Europe.’
      • ‘The main culprit was the worsening domestic market for manufactures during the recent recession - in particular, a big drop in business investment.’
      • ‘East Asia is also a major market for Australian manufactures and Australian services.’
      • ‘The EU is therefore a customs union: it raises tariffs externally on manufactured imports so that prices are kept up inside the EU for manufactures.’
      • ‘Shall domestic manufactures be encouraged, and in what degree, by restrictions on foreign manufactures?’
      • ‘Bulgaria's exports to Jordan consist mainly of fertilisers, chemicals, ferrous metal manufactures, live animals and meat.’
      • ‘The two countries are small players in the world market but have a greater market share in primary products than manufactures.’
      • ‘World demand for manufactures is limited by world income, and because of agglomeration economies firms will locate in clusters.’
      • ‘Urbanisation accelerated, and with it Africa's international trade in manufactures and services.’
      • ‘We are now a successful exporter of manufactures.’
      • ‘This view of trade gains has been at the heart of the process over a long period; England sent manufactures to Australia and received primary products in return.’
      • ‘The UK on the other hand absorbed most of its own manufactures and was a comparatively small exporter.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (as noun, denoting something made by hand): from French (re-formed by association with Latin manu factum ‘made by hand’), from Italian manifattura. The verb dates from the mid 17th century.

Pronunciation

manufacture

/manjʊˈfaktʃə/