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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.).
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 fabricated
  • The articles above were published before the author admitted the book was largely fabricated.
  • They use admittedly fabricated guesses at the possible probabilities of various parameters.
  • Already, they have fabricated materials that flex or contract when a voltage is applied.
  • The principal part of a famously fabricated dinosaur fossil is an ancient fish-eating bird, scientists report.
  • These can be fabricated locally with local technicians.
  • Indeed, it is quite possible that this carving has been fabricated.
  • The sheet metal counter was fabricated at a sheet metal shop.
  • On the upper floor is a room-sized scale dominated by a wheel fabricated of milled aluminum.
  • Finally, if the models produce the desired effect, full-scale components are fabricated and tested on the track.
  • Quantum computers can store and process data using atoms, photons or fabricated microstructures.
British Dictionary definitions for fabricated


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 fabricated



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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