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[fab-ri-keyt]
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verb (used with object), fab·ri·cat·ed, fab·ri·cat·ing.
  1. to make by art or skill and labor; construct: The finest craftspeople fabricated this clock.
  2. to make by assembling parts or sections.
  3. to devise or invent (a legend, lie, etc.).
  4. to fake; forge (a document, signature, etc.).

Origin of fabricate

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin fabricātus made, past participle of fabricāre. See fabric, -ate1
Related formsfab·ri·ca·tive, adjectivefab·ri·ca·tor, nounqua·si-fab·ri·cat·ed, adjectiveun·fab·ri·cat·ed, adjectivewell-fab·ri·cat·ed, adjective

Synonym study

1. See manufacture.
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Examples from the Web for fabricate

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for fabricate

fabricate

verb (tr)
  1. to make, build, or construct
  2. to devise, invent, or concoct (a story, lie, etc)
  3. to fake or forge
Derived Formsfabrication, nounfabricative, adjectivefabricator, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin fabricāre to build, make, from fabrica workshop; see fabric
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for fabricate

v.

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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