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[kuh n-fleyt] /kənˈfleɪt/
verb (used with object), conflated, conflating.
to fuse into one entity; merge:
to conflate dissenting voices into one protest.
1600-10; < Latin conflātus, past participle of conflāre to fuse together, equivalent to con- con- + flāre to blow2 Unabridged
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  • The results often include stylistic spellings and celebrations of conflated imagination.
  • Well, to be kind the author obviously inadvertently conflated the terms decay and fission.
  • In the past, it seems he has effectively managed his public image as it tends to be conflated with his artwork.
  • When the two become separated, his search for her is conflated with the larger question.
  • Over time, this term was conflated with an independent series of studies on the effects of music instruction.
  • The parties have conflated common-fund and fee-shifting principles.
  • Some respondents may have conflated their districts' responses to for cause and random tests.
  • The urban renewal program is conflated with that for public housing, for example.
British Dictionary definitions for conflated


(transitive) to combine or blend (two things, esp two versions of a text) so as to form a whole
Derived Forms
conflation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin conflāre to blow together, from flāre to blow
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Word Origin and History for conflated



1540s, from Latin conflat-, past participle stem of conflare "to blow up, kindle, light; bring together, compose," also "to melt together," literally "to blow together," from com- "with" (see com-) + flare "to blow" (see blow (v.1)).

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