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.

Other Words from fabricate

fabricator \ ˈfa-​bri-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce fabricate (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 Artists will have one year to plan and fabricate works that will be unveiled in the summer of 2023. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, 8 Dec. 2021 From the sound of it, LIFE’s inhabitants will be very productive, with room to exercise on equipment, fabricate robots, grow their own produce and compact their trash into bricks to use for radiation protection. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 The private shipyards, tasked to fabricate enormous new Columbia class ballistic missile submarines. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 The tonearm, designed by Frank Schröder of Berlin, is the first to use selective laser melting, an additive 3-D printing technology that allows for the manufacture of designs previously impossible to fabricate. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 5 Dec. 2021 To see their reindeer vision through to completion, Janor and Baker hired a contractor to fabricate the behemoth, which took about three days to set up. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, 1 Dec. 2021 So far their primary solution seems to be to simply fabricate technology from whole cloth. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, 25 Nov. 2021 Johnson said during the original press conference on February 21, 2019, that the police believed Smollett did fabricate the letter. Natalie Hope Mcdonald, Vulture, 29 Nov. 2021 Each suit took more than two weeks to fabricate in the Budapest work room. Carole Horst, Variety, 17 Sep. 2021

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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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18 Jan 2022

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“Fabricate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fabricate. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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