Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To bring together; meld or fuse: "The problems [with the biopic] include . . . dates moved around, lovers deleted, many characters conflated into one” ( Ty Burr).
  • transitive v. To combine (two variant texts, for example) into one whole.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To bring things together and fuse them into a single entity.
  • v. To mix together different elements.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To blow together; to bring together; to collect; to fuse together; to join or weld; to consolidate.
  • transitive v. to ignore distinctions between, by treating two or more distinguishable objects or ideas as one; to confuse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To blow together; bring together as if by convergent winds.
  • In diplomatics, to form by inadvertent combination of two readings of the same words. See conflation, 3.
  • Blown together; wafted together from several sources; heterogeneous.
  • In diplomatics, marked by conflation; inadvertently formed by combining two different readings into one: as, a conflate text or passage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. mix together different elements

Etymologies

Latin cōnflāre, cōnflāt- : com-, com- + flāre, to blow; see bhlē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1541: from Latin cōnflātus, from cōnflō ("fuse, melt, or blow together"); cōn ("with, together") + flō ("blow"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In order to present the Táin in its completest form, however, I have adopted the novel plan of incorporating in the LL. account the translations of what are known as conflate readings.

    The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge

  • So I do equate (not "conflate") Johnson and Bond in this context: Some Black "prominent" people (some of them from the civil rights movement era) have seemingly found it difficult to break away from the (hopefully, now past) paternalistic relationship carved out with "the Clintons" over time.

    NAACP Head To DNC: Seat Florida And Michigan Delegations

  • When she used the word "conflate" at a principals 'meeting, she was mocked for academic jargon.

    Chemistry In The War Cabinet

  • Goolsbee said it was important not to "conflate" the short-term deterioration in the budget picture, which he said was a result of economic crisis, and long-term budget challenges.

    Reuters: Top News

  • Heart, you’re conflating two things I don’t conflate, which is my “endorsement” of a feminist’s writing and whether or not I can deal with interacting with them on “Alas.”

    Link Farm and Open Thread #11

  • They "conflate" the scientific issue with the beliefs of those asked.

    naplesnews.com Stories

  • The word "conflate" means "to bring together" - and that's exactly what Judge Jones tried to do with respect to ID and fundamentalism.

    Evolution News & Views

  • We have not made this assignment on the basis of the beliefs or behavior of individual respondents, so as not to conflate belonging with the other dimensions of religiosity.

    American Grace

  • If he gets to conflate the Symbionese Liberation Army with modern liberalism, then it is fair and apt to link the KKK with conservatism.

    mjh's blog — 2009 — September

  • But perhaps the disconnect in the public mind occurs when they conflate the treatment of mental disorders with curing mental disorders.

    Who is to blame? : Law is Cool

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