- 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), man·u·fac·tured, man·u·fac·tur·ing.
- 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.
- to process or make (a product) from a raw material, esp as a large-scale operation using machinery
- (tr) to invent or concoctto manufacture an excuse
- the production of goods, esp by industrial processes
- a manufactured product
- the creation or production of anything
v.1680s, from manufacture (n.). Related: Manufactured; manufacturing; manufacturable. n.1560s, “something made by hand,” from Middle French manufacture, from Medieval Latin *manufactura (source of Italian manifattura, Spanish manufactura), from Latin manu, ablative of manus “hand” (see manual (adj.)) + factura “a working,” from past participle stem of facere “to perform” (see factitious). Sense of “process of manufacturing” first recorded c.1600. Related: Manufactures.