Know how to use "fewer" and "less"? Find out.


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for conflates
  • The reason why this claim is silly is that it conflates proof and exemplification.
  • The graph is slightly misleading as it conflates happiness and life satisfaction.
  • For one thing, it conflates monetary easing with devaluation.
  • The theory of multiple intelligences fundamentally conflates intelligence and motivation.
  • The flaw in this report is that it conflates two distinct, though interrelated issues.
  • The problem with this post is that it conflates emotion with belief and joy with faith.
  • It's a brisk tour that in pursuit of the theme of liberty conflates different sorts of legal and ethical issues.
  • The problem is this definition conflates different threats into one monolithic enemy.
  • Foster conflates the concepts of waiver of a personal jurisdiction defense and res judi-cata.
  • The plaintiff conflates convenience with availability.
British Dictionary definitions for conflates


(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for conflates



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)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for conflate

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for conflates

Scrabble Words With Friends