Definition of fabricate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfabrəˌkāt/


[with object]
1Invent or concoct (something), typically with deceitful intent: officers fabricated evidence
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  • She did not try to invent or fabricate some explanation.
  • But Richard Wallace, editor of the Mirror, says he has seen no evidence of tabloid journalists fabricating stories.
  • Perez related how officers routinely fabricated elaborate stories in their reports.
falsify, fake, counterfeit, cook;
invent, make up
concoct, make up, dream up, invent, trump up
informal cook up
1.1Construct or manufacture (something, especially an industrial product), especially from prepared components: you will have to fabricate an exhaust system
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  • Only master craftsmen could design and fabricate such a product.
  • Still, it'd be difficult for me to fabricate enough new products to fill a whole column.
  • In a world that is gradually fabricated around us, fashion and social acceptability are handed down ready-made.
make, create, manufacture, produce;
construct, build, assemble, put together, form, fashion



Pronunciation: /ˈfabrəˌkādər/
Example sentences
  • Pressures or signs of weakness faced steel fabricators, fabric producers and industrial chemical makers.
  • Design moves seamlessly from the architect to the fabricator.
  • Having grown over the years, the company is now recognized as one of the industry's premier designers and fabricators of engineered, high-temperature, corrosion-resistant alloy components.


Late Middle English: from Latin fabricat- 'manufactured', from the verb fabricare, from fabrica 'something skillfully produced' (see fabric).

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Syllabification: fab·ri·cate

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