conflate

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verb con·flate \kən-ˈflāt\

Definition of conflate

conflated

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conflating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to bring together :  fuseb :  confuse

  3. 2 :  to combine (things, such as two readings of a text) into a composite whole The editor conflated the two texts. … a city of conflated races and cultures … — Earl Shorris

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Examples of conflate in a Sentence

  1. be careful not to conflate gossip with real news

  2. the movie conflates documentary footage and dramatized reenactments so seamlessly and ingeniously that viewers may not know what is real and what is not

Recent Examples of conflate from the Web

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Did You Know?

We're not just blowing hot air when we tell you that conflate can actually be traced back to the same roots as the English verb blow. Conflate derives from conflatus, the past participle of the Latin verb conflare ("to blow together, to fuse"), which was formed by combining the prefix com- with the verb flare, meaning "to blow." The source of Latin flare is the same ancient root word that gave us blow. Other descendants of flare in English include afflatus ("a divine imparting of knowledge or power"), inflate, insufflation ("an act of blowing"), and flageolet (a kind of small flute-the flageolet referring to a green kidney bean is unrelated).

Origin and Etymology of conflate

Latin conflatus, past participle of conflare to blow together, fuse, from com- + flare to blow — more at blow



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