fab·​ri·​cate | \ ˈfa-bri-ˌkāt How to pronounce fabricate (audio) \
fabricated; fabricating

Definition of fabricate

transitive verb

b : to make up for the purpose of deception accused of fabricating evidence
2 : construct, manufacture specifically : to construct from diverse and usually standardized parts Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic parts.

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fabricator \ ˈfa-​bri-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce fabricator (audio) \ noun

Examples of fabricate in a Sentence

Only the largest parts were fabricated at the factory. Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic materials. a story fabricated to sell magazines She was accused of fabricating data.
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Recent Examples on the Web Then someone else would have to either send a positive test to the lab in that patient's name or fabricate a positive test result letter. Dan Horn, The Enquirer, "COVID-19 Q&A: Do people really get letters saying they're sick even if they never took the test?," 3 Aug. 2020 The new line of business has helped Beyond Walls bring in a class of summer interns, who are helping the organization fabricate the devices at its downtown Lynn workshop and headquarters. Andy Rosen, BostonGlobe.com, "This Lynn nonprofit is known for its murals. Now, it’s making hand washing stations," 29 July 2020 Then, workers will fabricate the masks in Switzerland. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "These Transparent Face Masks Might Make You Feel Normal Again," 10 June 2020 The claim first emerged in 490 B.C., when the patriotic Greek historian Hellanicus tried to fabricate a Greek meaning for the foreign word Amazon. National Geographic, "The fierce Amazons were more than just a myth—they were real," 18 June 2020 Skilled artisans have been weaving the cloth for hundreds of years; its intricate pattern, a geometry of quadrangles and golden expanse, is extremely difficult to fabricate. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Embarrassment of Democrats Wearing Kente-Cloth Stoles," 9 June 2020 Every chipmaker on the planet, from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to China’s own Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., needs gear from American outfits like Applied Materials Inc. to fabricate chipsets. Bloomberg.com, "Huawei Employees See Dire Threat to Future From Latest Trump Salvo," 7 June 2020 Some of their work fabricating samples for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee was delayed, but the federal government continued funding salaries for all their projects, Sooby said. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "UT San Antonio has reopened its labs, but only for research," 8 June 2020 The rebodied Delahaye that rumbled out of Mr. Mann's garage into the morning sunlight contains the same bits fabricated and assembled by the team that humiliated Hitler. Neal Bascomb, Car and Driver, "The Pioneering Rally Driver Who Beat the Nazis," 31 May 2020

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First Known Use of fabricate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fabricate

Middle English fabricaten, borrowed from Latin fabricātus, past participle of fabricāre, fabricārī "to fashion, shape, construct," derivative of fabrica "process of making something, craft, art" — more at fabric

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The first known use of fabricate was in the 15th century

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9 Aug 2020

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“Fabricate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fabricate. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce fabricate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fabricate

: to make or build (something)
: to create or make up (something, such as a story) in order to trick people


fab·​ri·​cate | \ ˈfa-brə-ˌkāt How to pronounce fabricate (audio) \
fabricated; fabricating

Legal Definition of fabricate

transitive verb

: to make up (as testimony) with an intent to deceive

intransitive verb

: to make something up with an intent to deceive there was a motive to fabricate— Gary Taylor

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