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[fab-ri-keyt] /ˈfæb rɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), fabricated, fabricating.
to make by art or skill and labor; construct:
The finest craftspeople fabricated this clock.
to make by assembling parts or sections.
to devise or invent (a legend, lie, etc.).
to fake; forge (a document, signature, etc.).
Origin of fabricate
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin fabricātus made, past participle of fabricāre. See fabric, -ate1
Related forms
fabricative, adjective
fabricator, noun
quasi-fabricated, adjective
unfabricated, adjective
well-fabricated, adjective
1. See manufacture. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fabricate
  • Their advancements have been about how to design and fabricate that intricate structure cheaply.
  • By the second book, she had become an invaluable resource and aid in helping me fabricate a world.
  • The architects of realpolitik tried to balance powers, fabricate stability, and secure natural resources.
  • Practically, however, you do need to know how to fabricate a drive sprocket and a lot more to make the car.
  • If you're going to fabricate the content of the paper, you may as well fabricate your credentials.
  • And, no, writers don't exaggerate stories or fabricate quotes.
  • Accusers routinely fabricate stories of blasphemy to punish enemies for other grievances.
  • Because they dont even realize it when they fabricate it.
  • Parts and processes outsourced such that wing builders probably can't speak the same language as those who fabricate the fuselage.
  • The margins are gigantic but the product is relatively cheap to fabricate for non-biologics.
British Dictionary definitions for fabricate


verb (transitive)
to make, build, or construct
to devise, invent, or concoct (a story, lie, etc)
to fake or forge
Derived Forms
fabrication, noun
fabricative, adjective
fabricator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin fabricāre to build, make, from fabrica workshop; see fabric
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Word Origin and History for fabricate

mid-15c., "to fashion, make, build," from Latin fabricatus, past participle of fabricare "make, construct, fashion, build," from fabrica (see fabric). In bad sense of "to tell a lie," etc., it is recorded by 1779. Related: Fabricated; fabricating.

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