Definition of manufacture in US English:

manufacture

verb

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

    ‘a company that manufactured paint-by-number sets’
    • ‘What company has taken it upon themselves to manufacture fake cat hair and, further, who would want to buy such a thing?’
    • ‘Albertus worked as an accountant for a firm who manufactured farm machinery, but the great love of his life was music.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What if your machine tool dealer decides not to sell you a machine if you intend to manufacture guns on it?’
    • ‘Lord Nuffield manufactured hundreds of the machines and they were provided to any hospital which requested one free of charge.’
    • ‘Scottish firms could gain additional expertise, access to manufacturing facilities and customers.’
    • ‘The fake goods being manufactured in this district have been finding their way to various markets in the two states.’
    • ‘Last week, a Nottingham firm which manufactures cricket shirts reported rocketing sales of the Pakistan cricket shirt.’
    • ‘Indeed the first scene takes place at the headquarters of Cybertronics, a private firm that manufactures robots.’
    • ‘Most imitation guns are specifically manufactured to be exact replicas.’
    • ‘On the suggestion of a friend, he tried his hand at procuring and marketing furniture manufactured by a Bangalore firm.’
    • ‘This was a well-planned crime and you acquired the equipment to manufacture counterfeit notes.’
    • ‘High precision work is usually found to be lacking in the various units that manufacture artificial limbs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It continues to design and sell specialised trailers for the racing car world, but no longer manufactures.’
    • ‘Machines to manufacture them have a tough task to fulfill.’
    • ‘The picture is similar in many other countries with firms that export manufactured goods.’
    • ‘Cultural products were manufactured on a mass scale, marketed by advertising, made ever more accessible by revolutions in technology.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      • ‘Do the microorganisms somehow manufacture their own food?’
      • ‘Bisphosphonates are synthetic versions of pyrophosphate, a salt that the body manufactures to help with the metabolism.’
      • ‘The brain cells in this area manufacture an enzyme called aromatase, which is involved in the action of testosterone.’
      • ‘Sodium is an essential nutrient that the body cannot manufacture itself.’
      • ‘But the body manufactures enough cholesterol for these functions.’
      • ‘This genus manufactures potent chemicals that attack the liver and so are called hepatotoxins.’
      • ‘The thyroid gland manufactures protein hormones, for which it needs iodine.’
      • ‘The body doesn't manufacture these fatty acids so they have to be consumed.’
      • ‘The body manufactures cholesterol, about 600 mg per day, for its needs.’
      • ‘Plants manufacture their own food by photosynthesis.’
      • ‘The spider manufactures silk protein in its silk gland, at which point it is still soluble.’
      • ‘Some fishes use mineral grains from the environment for this purpose, and a few taxa manufacture calcium phosphate otoliths.’
      • ‘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 fat hanging on your frame actually manufactures hormones, especially estrogen.’
      • ‘The new Escherichia coli can manufacture the extra amino acid, p-aminophenylalanine, then incorporate it into proteins.’
    2. 1.2 Make or produce (something abstract) in a merely mechanical way.
      ‘Julia manufactured a smile’
      • ‘Generally, I don't even mind when someone, usually a manufactured boy band, covers a song whose original I particularly liked.’
      • ‘She gave him another perfectly manufactured smile as flashbulbs went off around them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Streetwise Javine tries admirably to stand out from the mass mediocrity of manufactured clones that constitute rivals.’
      • ‘What she actually offers is a load of manufactured pop songs, sung in a slightly affected posh voice.’
      • ‘In fact, compared to the honesty and melody of Ritter's songs, Irish Country looks like manufactured pop.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is not ironic or post-ironic, merely manufactured and synthetic.’
      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 or fabricate (evidence or a story)

    ‘the tabloid industry that manufactures epochal discoveries out of thin air’
    • ‘Why are they trying to manufacture a fake identity and selling it off as being cool?’
    • ‘Nor was there any good evidence for it, though plenty was manufactured by innuendo.’
    • ‘Under stress, whether real or manufactured, the institutions we take for granted are subject to change.’
    • ‘The theory of mob lynching has been manufactured to hide the facts of this gruesome incident.’
    • ‘All the details of the story turned out to be false and manufactured by the reporter himself.’
    • ‘The split is a manufactured attempt to create competition, but where's the thrill?’
    • ‘This synthetically manufactured fear is used to gain public sanction for further acts of aggression.’
    • ‘He then had to manufacture a fake loan to cover the loan he had agreed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    make up, invent, fabricate, concoct, hatch, dream up, think up, trump up, devise, formulate, frame, contrive, construct, coin
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noun

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

    ‘the manufacture of armored vehicles’
    • ‘But Ford is understood to be looking closely at overseas manufacture in order to reduce showroom prices and its exposure to unfavourable exchange rates.’
    • ‘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 understood the processes involved in industrial manufacture and the properties of the materials employed.’
    • ‘Just ask the Republican members of the US Congress how they feel about foreign manufacture of US developed high technology.’
    • ‘He poses the question: can the process of design carry through into the process of manufacture?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Parts imported for the manufacture of textile machinery will also attract five per cent customs duty subject to end-use condition.’
    • ‘The manufacture of metal plate armour involves a similar process and range of skills as that involved in the making of helmets.’
    • ‘The manufacture of the sphere needed sophisticated high technology forming and welding, technology not available in New Zealand.’
    • ‘Even then, Europe, and particularly Britain, did not have mass manufacture on the scale of the American model.’
    • ‘They probably can't legislate manufacture, nor anything beyond the first sale after interstate or overseas goods movement.’
    • ‘This type of construction simplifies manufacture by making it easier to join and regulate the barrels.’
    • ‘But in these days of Robots and Computer-aided manufacture rather than slave labour, it should be a whole lot more reliable.’
    • ‘Oh, there are a few marvels of engineering and manufacture: the spoon, dental floss, and the cutting board, to name a few.’
    • ‘Within these groups there are forms found across the western provinces and beyond, implying large scale manufacture, while others are confined to smaller areas.’
    • ‘Similarly, they are streamlining manufacture and assembly by buying systems instead of components.’
    • ‘He examines the style, quality and process of manufacture.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From concept sketch to prototype to mass manufacture, General Motors is digitizing as much of the car-making process as it can.’
    • ‘Much of that is down to a far-reaching strategic shift away from assembly and basic manufacture to an emphasis on support services.’
    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’
      • ‘The Economist recently ran an excellent survey of the car industry, including an article related to the product development process in automobile manufacture.’
      • ‘Food manufacture and horticulture also contribute to high volumes of industrial waste.’
      • ‘Germany used its rich iron and coal resources to develop heavy industry, such as iron and steel manufacture.’
      • ‘Engineering, shipbuilding, petroleum-refining, and furniture manufacture are important industries.’
      • ‘The opening scene depicts Detroit as a city of smoke and industry, car manufacture, and boarded-up buildings.’
      • ‘Historically ceramics production was widely dispersed, its main branches being brick and tile, pottery and porcelain manufacture.’
      • ‘Railway engine manufacture was Glasgow's second largest heavy industry, after shipbuilding.’
      • ‘These are used in aerospace engineering, turbine manufacture, and power generation.’
      • ‘These resulted from problems he studied concerning the reliability of the machines used in textile manufacture and his first papers were published in 1933.’
      • ‘In fact, north Italy generated numerous major rural industrial sectors in the period, including iron, paper manufacture, linens and woollens.’
      • ‘In 1855 he established Mort's dry dock at Balmain, and progressed from shipbuilding to locomotive manufacture and general engineering.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2manufactures Manufactured goods or articles.
      ‘exports and imports of manufactures’
      • ‘The two countries are small players in the world market but have a greater market share in primary products than manufactures.’
      • ‘The UK on the other hand absorbed most of its own manufactures and was a comparatively small exporter.’
      • ‘Bulgaria's exports to Jordan consist mainly of fertilisers, chemicals, ferrous metal manufactures, live animals and meat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘East Asia is also a major market for Australian manufactures and Australian services.’
      • ‘World demand for manufactures is limited by world income, and because of agglomeration economies firms will locate in clusters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Shall domestic manufactures be encouraged, and in what degree, by restrictions on foreign manufactures?’
      • ‘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.’

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

/ˌman(y)əˈfak(t)SHər//ˌmæn(j)əˈfæk(t)ʃər/