transitive verb (-cated; -cating) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin fabricatus, past participle of fabricari, from fabrica Date: 15th century 1. a. invent, create b. to make up for the purpose of deception <
accused of fabricating evidence
2. construct, manufacture; specifically to construct from diverse and usually standardized parts • fabricator noun

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  • Fabricate — Fab ri*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fabricated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fabricating}.] [L. fabricatus, p. p. of fabricari, fabricare, to frame, build, forge, fr. fabrica. See {Fabric}, {Farge}.] 1. To form into a whole by uniting its parts; to frame; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fabricate — fab·ri·cate / fa brə ˌkāt/ vb cat·ed, cat·ing vt: to make up (as testimony) with an intent to deceive vi: to make something up with an intent to deceive there was a motive to fabricate Gary Taylor Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam… …   Law dictionary

  • fabricate — fab‧ri‧cate [ˈfæbrɪkeɪt] verb [transitive] MANUFACTURING to make something, using tools, special machines, or an industrial process; = MANUFACTURE: • Samsung will fabricate its own microprocessor. • The steel frame was fabricated by a company… …   Financial and business terms

  • fabricate — [v1] manufacture assemble, brainstorm, build, cobble up*, compose, concoct, construct, contrive, cook up*, create, devise, dream up, erect, fashion, fit together, form, formulate, frame, head trip*, invent, join, knock together*, make, make up,… …   New thesaurus

  • fabricate — (v.) mid 15c., to fashion, make, build, from L. fabricatus, pp. of fabricare make, construct, fashion, build, from fabrica (see FABRIC (Cf. fabric)). In bad sense of to tell a lie, etc., it is recorded by 1779. Related: Fabricated; fabricating …   Etymology dictionary

  • fabricate — *make, fashion, forge, form, shape, manufacture Analogous words: *invent, create: produce, turn out (see BEAR): devise, contrive (see corresponding nouns at DEVICE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • fabricate — ► VERB 1) invent, typically with deceitful intent. 2) construct or manufacture (an industrial product). DERIVATIVES fabrication noun fabricator noun. ORIGIN Latin fabricare manufacture …   English terms dictionary

  • fabricate — [fab′ri kāt΄] vt. fabricated, fabricating [ME fabricaten < L fabricatus, pp. of fabricari, to construct, build < fabrica: see FABRIC] 1. to make, build, construct, etc., esp. by assembling parts; manufacture 2. to make up (a story, reason,… …   English World dictionary

  • fabricate — verb /ˈfæb.ɹɪ.keɪt/ a) To form into a whole by uniting its parts; to frame; to construct; to build; as, to fabricate a bridge or ship. b) To form by art and labor; to manufacture; to produce; as, to fabricate computer chips. Syn: manufacture,… …   Wiktionary

  • fabricate — UK [ˈfæbrɪkeɪt] / US [ˈfæbrɪˌkeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms fabricate : present tense I/you/we/they fabricate he/she/it fabricates present participle fabricating past tense fabricated past participle fabricated 1) to make up a story or piece… …   English dictionary

  • fabricate — verb Fabricate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑charge …   Collocations dictionary

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