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 This position effectively conflated the recognition of a patriarchal power structure with its de facto approval. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, The New Republic, "Seeing No Evil," 25 Mar. 2020 One of their goals: promoting the virtues of capitalism and free enterprise in America while simultaneously demonizing the alternative – socialism – which was often conflated with communism. Oana Godeanu-kenworthy, The Conversation, "How socialism became un-American through the Ad Council’s propaganda campaigns," 27 Feb. 2020 Flamengo’s president, Rodolfo Landim, says the club’s financial success and compensations for the victims’ families shouldn’t be conflated. Washington Post, "Top Brazilian soccer club struggles to get past deadly fire," 8 Feb. 2020 What one Korean host might say about their style of home cooking could easily become conflated with the conventions of Korean cuisine as a whole, and so on. Soleil Ho,, "The Bon Appetit test kitchen’s race problem," 27 Jan. 2020 During my recent research into Muslim women’s rights in India, two BMMA activists told me that the substance of the law shouldn’t be conflated with the government that implemented it. Justin Jones, Quartz India, "India’s triple talaq law has divided even those who oppose the practice," 15 Sep. 2019 At the Supreme Court on Monday, several justices suggested that the government had conflated separate provisions of the immigration code to conclude Mr. Nasrallah had no right to appeal his deportation. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Weighs Government’s Power to Rapidly Deport Asylum Seekers," 2 Mar. 2020 Frost misses the point of the bill entirely and fully conflates what California legislated with the concept of schools paying players. Joan Niesen,, "What College Football Coaches Are Saying About the Fair Pay to Play Act," 2 Oct. 2019 Their attorneys argued the suit conflates problems that individual children have encountered with systemwide failures. Arizona Republic, "Supreme Court rejects review of foster-care suit; will advance as class action," 23 Mar. 2020

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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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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Conflate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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