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
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)