verb (used with object), fab·ri·cat·ed, fab·ri·cat·ing.

to make by art or skill and labor; construct: The finest craftspeople fabricated this clock.
to make by assembling parts or sections.
to devise or invent (a legend, lie, etc.).
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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Examples from the Web for fabricator

Contemporary Examples of fabricator

  • One of them even warned that he suspected Curveball was a fabricator who had created his story out of whole cloth.

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    What Bush Really Knew About WMDs

    Tyler Drumheller

    January 16, 2009

Historical Examples of fabricator

  • He moved aside, going to the other side of the group around the fabricator.

    Alarm Clock

    Everett B. Cole

  • The trader and fabricator live in centers that we call cities.

  • Would a symbolist then signify a fabricator of masterpieces?

    Very Woman

    Remy de Gourmont

  • Smith's versatility as a fabricator seems to give him a leading place in that respect in the record of mankind.

    The Story of the Mormons

    William Alexander Linn

  • What puzzled Philip was that this fabricator of "stories" for the newspaper should call himself a "realist."

    That Fortune

    Charles Dudley Warner

British Dictionary definitions for fabricator


verb (tr)

to make, build, or construct
to devise, invent, or concoct (a story, lie, etc)
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 fabricator



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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