confabulate

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verb con·fab·u·late \kən-ˈfa-byə-ˌlāt\

Definition of confabulate

confabulated

confabulating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to talk informally :  chat

  3. 2 :  to hold a discussion :  confer

  4. 3 :  to fill in gaps in memory by fabrication

confabulation

play \kən-ˌfa-byə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

confabulator

play \kən-ˈfa-byə-ˌlā-tər\ noun

confabulatory

play \-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of confabulate in a sentence

  1. <an Alzheimer's support group in which caregivers can confabulate as well as commiserate>

Did You Know?

Confabulate is a fabulous word for making fantastic fabrications. Given the similarities in spelling and sound, you might guess that "confabulate" and "fabulous" come from the same root, and they do - the Latin fabula, which means "conversation, story." Another "fabula" descendant that continues to tell tales in English is "fable." All three words have long histories in English: "fable" first appeared in writing in the 14th century, and "fabulous" followed in the 15th. "Confabulate" is a relative newcomer, appearing at the beginning of the 1600s.

Origin and Etymology of confabulate

Latin confabulatus, past participle of confabulari, from com- + fabulari to talk, from fabula story — more at fable


First Known Use: circa 1604


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