fabricate

[fab-ri-keyt]
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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.
  3. to devise or invent (a legend, lie, etc.).
  4. to fake; forge (a document, signature, etc.).

Origin of fabricate

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin fabricātus made, past participle of fabricāre. See fabric, -ate1
Related formsfab·ri·ca·tive, adjectivefab·ri·ca·tor, nounqua·si-fab·ri·cat·ed, adjectiveun·fab·ri·cat·ed, adjectivewell-fab·ri·cat·ed, adjective

Synonym study

1. See manufacture.
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fabricate

verb (tr)
  1. to make, build, or construct
  2. to devise, invent, or concoct (a story, lie, etc)
  3. to fake or forge
Derived Formsfabrication, nounfabricative, adjectivefabricator, noun

Word Origin for fabricate

C15: from Latin fabricāre to build, make, from fabrica workshop; see fabric
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Word Origin and History for fabricated

fabricate

v.

mid-15c., "to fashion, make, build," from Latin fabricatus, past participle of fabricare "make, construct, fashion, build," from fabrica (see fabric). In bad sense of "to tell a lie," etc., it is recorded by 1779. Related: Fabricated; fabricating.

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