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Line breaks: con|flate
Pronunciation: /kənˈfleɪt

Definition of conflate in English:


[with object]
Combine (two or more sets of information, texts, ideas, etc.) into one: the urban crisis conflates a number of different economic, political, and social issues
More example sentences
  • We have the difficult task of fighting them, while protecting innocents in a war where the enemy deliberately and cynically conflates the two.
  • The Russian language does not premise argument upon evidence; it conflates the two.
  • There are in fact two distinct arguments, but I will argue that neither works on its own, and that the plausibility of utilitarianism depends on conflating the two.


late Middle English (in the sense 'fuse or melt down metal'): from Latin conflat- 'kindled, fused', from the verb conflare, from con- 'together' + flare 'to blow'.

  • The early meaning of this was ‘fuse or melt down metal’; it is from Latin conflare ‘kindle, fuse’, from con- ‘together’ and flare ‘to blow’.



Pronunciation: /-ˈfleɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • All of us are the authors, producers, directors, stars and guest stars in various philosophical questions, issues, disputes, conflations and confusions - even though, most of the time, we have no idea of this.
  • There are cuts and conflations and clever interpolations.
  • But today the implications of such a conflation of different levels of criticism and prejudice are dangerously censorious.

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