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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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  • He moved aside, going to the other side of the group around the fabricator.

    Alarm Clock

    Everett B. Cole
  • The trader and fabricator live in centers that we call cities.

  • Would a symbolist then signify a fabricator of masterpieces?

    Very Woman

    Remy de Gourmont
  • Smith's versatility as a fabricator seems to give him a leading place in that respect in the record of mankind.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • What puzzled Philip was that this fabricator of "stories" for the newspaper should call himself a "realist."

    That Fortune Charles Dudley Warner
  • Her character, whether drawn by herself or some fabricator who wrote in her name, comes out clearly in the correspondence.

  • The man is great in his own eyes—this scrutinizer of Majesty and fabricator of heresies.

  • But a naturalist of the highest order, the famous Cuvier, has perhaps done an act of justice to this fabricator of animals.

    Amenities of Literature

    Isaac Disraeli
  • Nevertheless, there was something taking, to my imagination, in the notion of being the fabricator of my own fortune.

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for fabricator


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 fabricator



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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