[ kuh n-fleyt ]
/ kənˈfleɪt /

verb (used with object), con·flat·ed, con·flat·ing.

to fuse into one entity; merge: to conflate dissenting voices into one protest.

Nearby words

  1. confiteor,
  2. confiture,
  3. conflagrant,
  4. conflagrate,
  5. conflagration,
  6. conflation,
  7. conflict,
  8. conflict of interest,
  9. conflict of laws,
  10. conflicted

Origin of conflate

1600–10; < Latin conflātus, past participle of conflāre to fuse together, equivalent to con- con- + flāre to blow2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for conflate


/ (kənˈfleɪt) /


(tr) to combine or blend (two things, esp two versions of a text) so as to form a whole
Derived Formsconflation, noun

Word Origin for conflate

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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