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verb (used with object),fab·ri·cat·ed, fab·ri·cat·ing.
  1. to make by art or skill and labor; construct: The finest craftspeople fabricated this clock.

  2. to make by assembling parts or sections.

  1. to devise or invent (a legend, lie, etc.).

  2. to fake; forge (a document, signature, etc.).

Origin of fabricate

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin fabricātus “made,” past participle of fabricāre; see fabric, -ate1

synonym study For fabricate

1. See manufacture.

Other words from fabricate

  • fab·ri·ca·tive, adjective
  • fab·ri·ca·tor, noun

Words Nearby fabricate

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How to use fabricate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fabricate


/ (ˈfæbrɪˌkeɪt) /

  1. to make, build, or construct

  2. to devise, invent, or concoct (a story, lie, etc)

  1. to fake or forge

Origin of fabricate

C15: from Latin fabricāre to build, make, from fabrica workshop; see fabric

Derived forms of fabricate

  • fabrication, noun
  • fabricative, adjective
  • fabricator, noun

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