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

transitive verb

: to make up for the purpose of deception
accused of fabricating evidence
: construct, manufacture
specifically : to construct from diverse and usually standardized parts
Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic parts.
fabricator 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Rogers, who police said was Ferguson’s acquaintance, was arrested on charges of accessory after the fact, abuse of a corpse, and fabricating and tampering with evidence, according to the department. Julia Marnin, Miami Herald, 9 May 2024 Student profiles also appear to have been fabricated. Chris Quintana, The Courier-Journal, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for fabricate 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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“Fabricate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fabricate. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


fab·​ri·​cate ˈfab-ri-ˌkāt How to pronounce fabricate (audio)
fabricated; fabricating
: to make up in order to deceive
fabricated evidence to support her claim
fabricator noun

Legal Definition


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

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 fabricateGary Taylor

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