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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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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Recent Examples on the Web The journal Biology Letters will not retract a paper about lionfish behavior that had come under suspicion of fraud after another paper by the same first author was found to be fabricated. Martin Enserink, Science | AAAS, "Journal stands by paper facing misconduct allegations, but expresses concern about related images," 6 Nov. 2019 The evidence suggested that the Astros’ account was the one that was fabricated. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "The Stories That the Houston Astros Have Told," 25 Oct. 2019 However, many historians and scholars believe the story was fabricated for propaganda purposes. Julia Hollingsworth And Yoonjung Seo, CNN, "North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a white horse on snowy, symbolic mountain," 15 Oct. 2019 The police deny executing drug suspects and say death toll statistics from human-rights groups are fabricated. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "U.N. Calls for Probe on Philippines Drug War," 11 July 2019 Back in February, Socolow paid $3,825 in cash for a large new awning to be fabricated and installed over the fabulous, large deck on the house. Sean P. Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "They turned down a room ‘upgrade’ that fell short and are fighting to get their money back," 2 July 2019 Consider how White House aides first publicly dismissed any indication that recession risks were rising, insisting that Democrats and the media were fabricating such fears. Catherine Rampell, The Denver Post, "Rampell: Trump’s tendency to double down on bad ideas doesn’t bode well for the economy," 25 Aug. 2019 However, The Smoking Gun published an article in 2006, after Frey already appeared on Winfrey’s show to promote the memoir, that claimed evidence of fabricating pieces of the narrative. Nick Romano, EW.com, "A Million Little Pieces trailer reveals movie adaptation of controversial memoir," 8 Aug. 2019 The result is a film that’s in equal measure gripping and frustrating, a work of nonfiction in which the elision of many factual elements, in the interest of compact dramaturgy, makes an extraordinary true story feel fabricated. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Honeyland,” Reviewed: A Gripping, Frustrating Documentary About a Beekeeper’s Fragile Isolation," 1 Aug. 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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16 Nov 2019

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“Fabricate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fabricating. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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