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[kuh n-fleyt]
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verb (used with object), con·flat·ed, con·flat·ing.
  1. to fuse into one entity; merge: to conflate dissenting voices into one protest.
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Origin of conflate

1600–10; < Latin conflātus, past participle of conflāre to fuse together, equivalent to con- con- + flāre to blow2
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  1. (tr) to combine or blend (two things, esp two versions of a text) so as to form a whole
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Derived Formsconflation, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin conflāre to blow together, from flāre to blow
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Word Origin and History for conflate


1540s, from Latin conflat-, past participle stem of conflare "to blow up, kindle, light; bring together, compose," also "to melt together," literally "to blow together," from com- "with" (see com-) + flare "to blow" (see blow (v.1)).

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