confabulate

[ kuh n-fab-yuh-leyt ]
/ kənˈfæb yəˌleɪt /

verb (used without object), con·fab·u·lat·ed, con·fab·u·lat·ing.

to converse informally; chat.
Psychiatry. to engage in confabulation.

Origin of confabulate

1605–15; < Latin confābulātus (past participle of confābulārī to talk together), equivalent to con- con- + fābul(a) conversation (see fable) + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

con·fab·u·la·tor, noun
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confabulate

/ (kənˈfæbjʊˌleɪt) /

verb (intr)

to talk together; converse; chat
psychiatry to replace the gaps left by a disorder of the memory with imaginary remembered experiences consistently believed to be trueSee also paramnesia

Derived Forms

confabulation, nounconfabulator, nounconfabulatory, adjective

Word Origin for confabulate

C17: from Latin confābulārī, from fābulārī to talk, from fābula a story; see fable
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