Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To make; create.
  • transitive v. To construct by combining or assembling diverse, typically standardized parts: fabricate small boats.
  • transitive v. To concoct in order to deceive: fabricated an excuse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To form into a whole by uniting its parts; to frame; to construct; to build; as, to fabricate a bridge or ship.
  • v. To form by art and labor; to manufacture; to produce; as, to fabricate computer chips.
  • v. To invent and form; to forge; to devise falsely; as, to fabricate a lie or story.
  • v. (cooking) To cut up an animal as preparation for cooking, particularly used in reference to fowl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To form into a whole by uniting its parts; to frame; to construct; to build.
  • transitive v. To form by art and labor; to manufacture; to produce.
  • transitive v. To invent and form; to forge; to devise falsely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To frame; build; construct; form into a whole by joining the parts; form by art and labor; manufacture; make; produce: as, to fabricate a bridge or a ship; to fabricate woolens.
  • To invent or contrive; devise falsely; concoct; forge: as, to fabricate a lie or a story; to fabricate a report.

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

  • v. make up something artificial or untrue
  • v. put together out of artificial or natural components or parts

Etymologies

Middle English fabricaten, from Latin fabricārī, fabricāt-, to make, from fabrica, craft; see fabric.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fabricātus, perfect passive participle of fabricor, fabricō ("frame, build, forge"), from fabrica ("a fabric, building, etc."); see fabric and forge. Compare with French fabrique. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Proof aimed at establishing a motive to fabricate is never collateral and may not be excluded on that ground, but examination of witnesses to establish such a motive must proceed upon some good-faith basis ...

    Second Department

  • Now, all that was needed was to show the court that the officer had the ability to fabricate, which is based on the thing that most prosecutors use to establish his credibility; that is, his education, training, and experience.

    Raw Law

  • Did Jones et al 1990 "fabricate" its quality control claims?

    Did Jones et al 1990 "fabricate" its quality control claims? « Climate Audit

  • The US has been staying in a war for more than a year since senate Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee bottled up information that showed the administration knew that evidence they cited as reasons to go to war was provided by a source who was known to "fabricate" bogus information.

    Printing: Republicans Still Keeping Secret Evidence Administration Used Reports They Knew Were False to Bring US to War

  • COTTLE: ... there are so many better things to go after him on that you don't need to kind of fabricate a scandal.

    CNN Transcript Apr 17, 2005

  • The Pocket OED says "fabricate" means "invent (lie, etc.); forge (document)" so Searle is suggesting (at some length) that this is a deliberate misquotation — a very serious charge which we categorically deny.

    The Myth of the Computer: An Exchange

  • According to the FBI, Franklin was working with Ledeen and Feith to "fabricate" the case for war with Iraq.

    Palestine Blogs aggregator

  • They were supported by vast campaigns to "fabricate" consumers with "created wants," borrowing Veblen's terms.

    Democracy Now!

  • It seems that a person wanting to "fabricate" & frame-up would go for something more scandalous, rather than just report an unwanted kiss.

    News for Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • The word "fabricate" is generally defined as "to make up for the purpose of deception."

    Grits for Breakfast

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