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[fab-ri-keyt] /ˈfæb rɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), fabricated, fabricating.
to make by art or skill and labor; construct:
The finest craftspeople fabricated this clock.
to make by assembling parts or sections.
to devise or invent (a legend, lie, etc.).
to fake; forge (a document, signature, etc.).
Origin of fabricate
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin fabricātus made, past participle of fabricāre. See fabric, -ate1
Related forms
fabricative, adjective
fabricator, noun
quasi-fabricated, adjective
unfabricated, adjective
well-fabricated, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See manufacture. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for fabricate
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  • That the spy will fabricate his information is a mere commonplace.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Who forged the lie could fabricate this too:— But hold, it is ingeniously done.

  • What few of the prints I saw yesterday will fabricate, and the fabrications will work.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • Why not fabricate her own raw silk, and send it to market ready for wear?

    East of Suez Frederic Courtland Penfield
  • Of course he was compelled to fabricate a statement in reply.

    Nero Jacob Abbott
  • Workers separate the product from the earth, transport it, refine it, fabricate it.

    The American Empire

    Scott Nearing
  • He contrived, with some oil and the soot of his lamp, to fabricate a sort of ink.

    Lord Montagu's Page G. P. R. James
British Dictionary definitions for fabricate


verb (transitive)
to make, build, or construct
to devise, invent, or concoct (a story, lie, etc)
to fake or forge
Derived Forms
fabrication, noun
fabricative, adjective
fabricator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin fabricāre to build, make, from fabrica workshop; see fabric
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Word Origin and History for fabricate

mid-15c., "to fashion, make, build," from Latin fabricatus, past participle of fabricare "make, construct, fashion, build," from fabrica (see fabric). In bad sense of "to tell a lie," etc., it is recorded by 1779. Related: Fabricated; fabricating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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