[ kuhn-fab-yuh-leyt ]
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verb (used without object),con·fab·u·lat·ed, con·fab·u·lat·ing.
  1. to converse informally; chat.

  2. Psychiatry. to replace a gap in one's memory by a falsification that one believes to be true; engage in confabulation.

Origin of confabulate

First recorded in 1600–10; from Latin confābulātus (past participle of confābulārī “to talk together, discuss”); see con-, fable, -ate1

Other words from confabulate

  • con·fab·u·la·tor, noun

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How to use confabulate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for confabulate


/ (kənˈfæbjʊˌleɪt) /

  1. to talk together; converse; chat

  2. psychiatry to replace the gaps left by a disorder of the memory with imaginary remembered experiences consistently believed to be true: See also paramnesia

Origin of confabulate

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

Derived forms of confabulate

  • confabulation, noun
  • confabulator, noun
  • confabulatory, adjective

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