Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To make; create.
  • transitive verb To construct by combining or assembling diverse, typically standardized parts.
  • transitive verb To concoct in order to deceive.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English fabricaten, from Latin fabricārī, fabricāt-, to make, from fabrica, craft; see fabric.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

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