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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The fact-checking Web site Snopes reported that the quote was fabricated as early as October 2015. Scientific American, "How Misinformation Spreads—and Why We Trust It," 3 Sep. 2019 Snelson, whose sculptures used the same design principles but were fabricated from stainless steel poles and tensile stainless steel wires, had studied with the American architect, futurist and inventor Buckminster Fuller. Wendy Moonan, Smithsonian, "How Biology Inspires Future Technology," 27 Aug. 2019 According to Private Eye, via a BuzzFeed reporter on Twitter, the list of rules for living next door to the royals was completely fabricated. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's List of Demands for Frogmore Neighbors Was a "Spoof"," 12 Aug. 2019 There are rows of concrete trucks, the erector is fabricated and painted. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Teachers invest in SpaceX, Russia plans to study reusable launch," 4 July 2019 Aldana, who says the claims of financial impropriety used to disqualify her were fabricated, was the only major candidate who vowed to reinstate the anti-graft commission. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, "Guatemala, simmering with discontent, shows little enthusiasm for the presidential election," 9 Aug. 2019 What was once a simple piece of steel is now fabricated from space-age composites that can stop a AK47 round dead in its tracks. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Century-Long Evolution of the U.S. Army Helmet," 27 June 2019 It's fabricated on a 28 nanometer process, which is more than double the cutting-edge process used by desktop and mobile chipmakers. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "One chip to rule them all: It natively runs all types of AI software," 31 July 2019 Detectives are checking to see if fraudulent credit cards are being fabricated, after hotel security film shows numerous people checking in at the Orange Hampton Inn on the card in question, but none of them matching a 2018 mug shot of the suspect. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Mystery man sought for multiple hotel bookings: Orange Police Blotter," 5 July 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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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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