manufacture

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French manufacture, from Old French, from Medieval Latin manūfactūra (a making by hand), from manūfactus, a compound of manū factus, manū being ablative of manus (hand), and factus past participle of faciō (I do, make).

Compare manual, facture.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌmanjʊˈfaktʃə/, /ˌmanjəˈfaktʃə/, /ˌmanəˈfaktʃə/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌmænjuˈfækt͡ʃɚ/, /ˌmænjəˈfækt͡ʃɚ/, /ˌmænəˈfækt͡ʃɚ/
  • Hyphenation: man‧u‧fac‧ture
  • Rhymes: -æktʃə(ɹ)

Noun[edit]

manufacture (plural manufactures)

  1. The action or process of making goods systematically or on a large scale.
    • 2009 April 3, Olivia Feld, “New gum could mean sticky end for mess”, in CNN.com[1]:
      After years of exporting the gum base to be used as an ingredient in the manufacture of regular chewing gum, the cooperative recently decided to start making its own gum using only chicle gum base and natural flavorings and sweeteners
  2. Anything made, formed or produced; product.
    • 1727, Jonathan Swift, A Short View of the State of Ireland
      The roads [are] crowded with carriers, laden with rich manufactures.
    • 1853, Newton's London Journal of Arts and Sciences (page 133)
      Thus, a patented manufacture should be either better in quality or cheaper in cost than that which it is intended to supplant.
  3. (figuratively) The process of such production; generation, creation.
  4. (horology) A watch manufacturer that makes its own parts, rather than assembling watches from parts obtained from other firms.

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Verb[edit]

manufacture (third-person singular simple present manufactures, present participle manufacturing, simple past and past participle manufactured)

  1. To make things, usually on a large scale, with tools and either physical labor or machinery.
    • 2008 July 23, Michael Brooks, “Comment: It's time for the Vatican to accept IVF”, in New Scientist[2]:
      Scientists are learning how to manufacture sperm and egg cells from other types of cell; others are developing "alternative" wombs
  2. (transitive) To work (raw or partly wrought materials) into suitable forms for use.
    to manufacture wool into blankets
  3. (derogatory) To fabricate; to create false evidence to support a point.
    • 2000 December 10, Daniel Zalewski, “The Misinformation Age”, in New York Times[3]:
      Digital technology has made it so easy to manufacture lies that it's become difficult to separate fact from fiction.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin manu factura "making by hand"; from manus "hand" + factura "making", from facere "make".

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Noun[edit]

manufacture f (plural manufactures)

  1. factory

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Middle French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Italian manufactura, from Medieval Latin manufactura.

Noun[edit]

manufacture f (plural manufactures)

  1. creation; manufacture

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Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

manufacture

  1. inflection of manufacturar:
    1. first-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular present subjunctive
    3. third-person singular imperative