fabricate

verb
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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Rivera was arrested on a felony charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with a $250,000 bond. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Texas Mom Claims She Abused Son, Dumped Naked Body After Head Injury Made Him Behave Badly: Reports," 25 June 2018 Earlier this week, police had arrested Rivera’s girlfriend of four years, Dania Amezquita Gomez, 31, on the misdemeanor charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Bianca Hillier, NBC News, "‘Little Jacob’ case: Texas police arrest mom, girlfriend after identifying body of Jayden Alexander Lopez," 20 June 2018 Somewhat ironically, Kling is fabricating jewelry that’s in tune with the current streetwear trend in a city where the look isn’t prevalent. Vogue, "Meet Göran Kling, Who Is Crafting Street-Smart “Slang” Jewelry in Sweden," 26 Mar. 2019 Moreover, it is strongly implied Guaita missed Getafe's loss to Atletico de Madrid at the weekend due to an injury which may have been fabricated. SI.com, "Crystal Palace 'Preparing for Court' in Effort to Sign Spanish Goalkeeper From Getafe," 12 Jan. 2018 Headlines that exaggerate, or outright fabricate, the risks — 'Vaccines cause mental retardation! autism!' — don't help. Redbook, "A Doctor's Plea: Please Get Your Kids Vaccinated," 21 Mar. 2012 Park uses square organic rye loaves from Boston’s beloved Iggy’s artisanal bakery and had custom metal dies fabricated to shape square patties that fit the bread perfectly. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "America’s unique burger styles, and where to try them," 4 July 2018 Her son’s adviser had asked him about his status as a track and field athlete, which was fabricated to facilitate his admission, according to federal charges unsealed Tuesday. Brian Costa, WSJ, "At USC, Admissions Cheating Scandal Runs Deeper," 13 Mar. 2019 The report, an Aviation Week & Space Technology exclusive, states that the U.S. government plans to begin fabricating parts for new ground launched cruise missiles after the INF Treaty officially expires in August. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Pentagon Prepares to Build Banned Missiles as Treaty Expires," 11 Mar. 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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More Definitions for fabricate

fabricate

verb

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

fabricate

verb
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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