conflate

verb
con·​flate | \ kən-ˈflāt How to pronounce conflate (audio) \
conflated; conflating

Definition of conflate

transitive verb

1a : to bring together : fuse
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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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).

Examples of conflate in a Sentence

be careful not to conflate gossip with real news 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 on the Web Some of them conflate the bottom-line approach to business management with the need for fiscal responsibility in government. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Don’t Run a Government Like a Business," 15 Oct. 2019 Sometimes, coming out can be conflated with publicly identifying one specific sexuality — but as pop upstart Clairo showed earlier this year, that is not always the case. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "LGBTQ Stars Who Have Come Out In 2019 (So Far)," 11 Oct. 2019 This also repeatedly conflates Arabness with being Muslim and Muslim with being Arab. Teen Vogue, "16 Stunning Images from Morocco's L'Boulevard 2019 Festival," 7 Oct. 2019 Brito said his goal is to stop lawmakers from conflating bitcoin and Libra. Joe Lightbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Cryptocurrency lobby fights to contain backlash from Facebook’s Libra," 28 Aug. 2019 But Trump is president now, and his constantly belligerent rhetoric, used to wage war against the corrupt status quo, has given the left great license to conflate complicated issues. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Weaponizing the dead of El Paso and Dayton," 31 July 2019 Responding to them all with an equal sense of alarm is like conflating a street mugging with an intercontinental ballistic missile attack. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Cyberwar," 23 Aug. 2019 Increase in hate crimes The racist attacks spiked again after 9/11, particularly because many Americans did not know about the Sikh religion and may have conflated the unique Sikh appearance with popular stereotypes of what terrorists look like. Simran Jeet Singh, The Conversation, "Why Sikhs wear a turban and what it means to practice the faith in the United States," 13 Sep. 2019 But Trump is president now, and his constantly belligerent rhetoric, used to wage war against the corrupt status quo, has given the left great license to conflate complicated issues. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Weaponizing the dead of El Paso and Dayton," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of conflate

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for conflate

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

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19 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Conflate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conflates. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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