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 Noguchi retained the traditional approach, substituting candles with electric bulbs and teaming with a local company to fabricate them. Katya Kazakina, Bloomberg.com, "How $500 Lamps Are Keeping a New York Museum Afloat During Covid," 13 Nov. 2020 The indictment charges Myers with paying cash to an elections judge to fabricate votes for his clients. Talia Kaplan, Fox News, "Ken Starr: 2020 election may be remembered as one 'where the ultimate results are called into question'," 5 Nov. 2020 Scientists have known for more than a century that some bacteria can breathe anaerobically, or without oxygen, but only in recent decades have researchers started exploiting this property to fabricate useful materials. Karen Kwon, Scientific American, "Metal-Breathing Bacteria Synthesize High-Tech Material," 20 Oct. 2020 To fabricate the tiny endoscope, the team 3D-printed the lenses, which are too small to see with the naked eye. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The World's Tiniest Endoscope Could Fight Heart Disease," 30 July 2020 The most interesting, important story its reporters will ever cover is stripped of every context, historical awareness and human nuance to fabricate a gotcha narrative. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "The West Gets Real About Covid," 16 Oct. 2020 Maybe fabricate a road trip despite what the schedule says. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Being at home offers 49ers no relief in a rapidly disintegrating season," 11 Oct. 2020 Stakes frequently fielded calls from idle dreamers with no skills or knowhow, and Hughes actually had the chops to fabricate a rocket. David Howard, Popular Mechanics, ""Mad Mike" Hughes Rejected Science and Chased Fame. It Killed Him.," 30 Aug. 2020 Then someone else would have to either send a positive test to the lab in that patient's name or fabricate a positive test result letter. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, "COVID-19 Q&A: Fake test results? Big hospital payouts? We got answers to coronavirus questions," 4 Sep. 2020

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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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25 Nov 2020

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“Fabricate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fabricate. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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