September 21, 2011
- fabricate (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to produce for the first time : create2 : to make up in order to deceive3 : to make or form by combining or arranging parts : build : manufacture
- How do you use it?
- Cam's teacher saw right through his lame attempt to fabricate a story about a phantom book thief as an excuse for missing class.
- Are you a word wiz?
What do you think the root word of "fabricate" means?"Fabricate" can be traced through Middle English back to the Latin word "fabrica," meaning "workshop," especially a workshop for making things of metal. The noun "forge," meaning "a furnace or a shop where metal is shaped and worked by heating and hammering," also comes from "fabrica" and reflects the early metalworking connection. In a broader sense, "fabric" originally meant "the basic structure of something," and the verb "fabricate" came to mean "to produce, create, form, or build" out of any material, including words that are often intended to deceive.