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fabricate

[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.).
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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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fabricate

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

Word Origin

C15: from Latin fabricāre to build, make, from fabrica workshop; see fabric
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Word Origin and History for fabricated

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.

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