confabulate

[ kuhn-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 replace a gap in one's memory by a falsification that one believes to be true; engage in confabulation.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for confabulate

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 of confabulate

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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