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

Definition of fabricate

transitive verb

1a : invent, create
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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Other Words from fabricate

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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Still, while a lot of storylines on The Hills were fabricated, Justin Bobby and Audrina did seem to at least have some semblance of a real connection. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, "The Ballad Of Audrina Patridge & Justin Bobby — Just In Case It's Revived On The Hills Reboot," 25 June 2019 An immigrant-rights activist from Arizona who was accused by Mexican prosecutors of accepting money to help smuggle migrants from Honduras to the U.S. border says the charges against him were fabricated for political purposes. Daniel González, azcentral, "Immigrant-rights activist accuses Mexico of arresting him for political purposes," 19 June 2019 The 42-foot metal tower, fabricated by JML in Farmington, is a nod to the clock tower that graced the old Union Depot train station that formerly stood on the site, said Chuck Dougherty, owner of the Water Street Inn. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "New tower atop Stillwater’s Water Street Inn a nod to old Union Depot," 12 June 2019 Statements are made about me by certain people in the Crazy Mueller Report, in itself written by 18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, which are fabricated & totally untrue. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “This Is the End of My Presidency!”," 21 Apr. 2019 Creelman’s anecdote reflects the pro-war attitudes of the press and, in being fabricated, reveals the ease with which correspondents cut corners in conveying them. John Maxwell Hamilton, National Geographic, "In a battle for readers, two media barons sparked a war in the 1890s," 16 Apr. 2019 Or perhaps it’s someone who read something wildly fabricated on Facebook. cleveland.com, "Giant Eagle is again checking IDs for senior citizens buying alcohol: Money Matters," 9 June 2019 The First Third guys, Craig and Bryan (who designed and fabricated the bar), had already been working on the design. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Lorraine Kirke's Wild, Futurisitic Restaurant Opens in Bushwick," 3 June 2019 Some tributes to MonsterCloud on its website may also be fabricated. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "The Trade Secret Firms That Promised High-Tech Ransomware Solutions Almost Always Just Pay the Hackers," 15 May 2019

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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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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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