intransitive verb (-lated; -lating) Etymology: Latin confabulatus, past participle of confabulari, from com- + fabulari to talk, from fabula story — more at fable Date: circa 1604 1. to talk informally ; chat 2. to hold a discussion ; confer 3. to fill in gaps in memory by fabricationconfabulation nounconfabulator nounconfabulatory adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Confabulate — Con*fab u*late, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Confabulated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Confabulating}.] [L. confabulatus, p. p. of confabulary, to converse together; con + fabulary to speak, fr. fabula. See {Fable}.] To talk familiarly together; to chat; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • confabulate — index communicate, converse, discourse, discuss Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • confabulate — (v.) 1610s, from confabulatus, pp. of L. confabulari to converse together, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + fabulari to talk, chat, from fabula a tale (see FABLE (Cf. fable)). Psychiatric sense is from 1924 …   Etymology dictionary

  • confabulate — ► VERB formal ▪ converse. DERIVATIVES confabulation noun. ORIGIN Latin confabulari chat together …   English terms dictionary

  • confabulate — [kən fab′yə lāt΄] vi. confabulated, confabulating [< pp. of L confabulari, to talk together < com , together + fabulari, to converse: see FABLE] 1. to talk together in an informal way; chat 2. Psychol. to fill in gaps in the memory with… …   English World dictionary

  • confabulate — confabulator, n. /keuhn fab yeuh layt /, v.i., confabulated, confabulating. 1. to converse informally; chat. 2. Psychiatry. to engage in confabulation. [1605 15; < L confabulatus (ptp. of confabulari to talk together), equiv. to con CON +… …   Universalium

  • confabulate — verb /kənˈfæb.jul.eɪt/ a) To speak casually with; to chat. b) To confer. See Also: confabulator, confabulation, confabulatory, confab …   Wiktionary

  • confabulate — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To engage in spoken exchange: chat, converse1, discourse, speak, talk. Informal: confab, visit. See WORDS …   English dictionary for students

  • confabulate — con·fab·u·late || kÉ™n fæbjÊŠleɪt v. converse, chat …   English contemporary dictionary

  • confabulate — [kən fabjʊleɪt] verb 1》 formal converse. 2》 Psychiatry fabricate imaginary experiences as compensation for loss of memory. Derivatives confabulation noun confabulatory adjective Origin C17 (earlier (ME) as confabulation): from L. confabulat ,… …   English new terms dictionary

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