Definition of conflate in English:



  • Combine (two or more sets of information, texts, ideas, etc.) into one.

    ‘the urban crisis conflates a number of different economic, political, and social issues’
    • ‘Historically, editors have tended to conflate the quarto and Folio texts.’
    • ‘Then you justify this in turn by, precisely, conflating humans and animals: it is the nature of humans to behave in such a way as to draw an absolute distinction between themselves and animals.’
    • ‘The Russian language does not premise argument upon evidence; it conflates the two.’
    • ‘This first modern paradigm is an abstract rationalist universalism that conflates universality with Eurocentrism and developmental modernism.’
    • ‘There are in fact two distinct arguments, but I will argue that neither works on its own, and that the plausibility of utilitarianism depends on conflating the two.’
    • ‘What's tricky is that people can conflate those ideas about collage and appropriation and art and culture with ideas about downloading and file-sharing.’
    • ‘But now we have people conflating the idea of patriotism with a direct, hostile rejection of those ideals.’
    • ‘I am trying to express the idea that people conflate gender with biology, and that what we call ‘gendered pronouns’ are in fact sexed pronouns.’
    • ‘Gradually this notion of election has been conflated with another, still more dangerous idea.’
    • ‘These poems approach the female body and the city from one perspective, conflating the two.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the author conflates blind followers of religious dogma with thoughtful believers who reason independently within a religiously-informed framework.’
    • ‘At certain points, however, they seem unable to separate these aspects, and end up conflating the two.’
    • ‘One problem with this has already been discussed: if we conflate the idea of a person with that of a human, we are confusing issues of species membership with what gives our lives the value that they have.’
    • ‘This is part of a broader limitation of institutionalist economics which, as a ‘middle range’ theory, systematically conflates the levels of abstraction in its analyses.’
    • ‘We should be careful not to conflate the practice of appeasement with the idea of appeasement, and thereby consign it, willy-nilly, to damnation.’
    • ‘We have the difficult task of fighting them, while protecting innocents in a war where the enemy deliberately and cynically conflates the two.’
    • ‘She conflates ideas associated with the French revolution with contemporary American life.’
    • ‘But the actual editorial choices - what to include, how to conflate contradictory texts - I had assumed were not copyrightable.’
    • ‘Such pessimism has led multiculturalists to conflate the idea of humans as culture-bearing creatures with the idea that humans have to bear a particular culture.’
    • ‘The clone's awakening after the embryo has been removed from her body opens the possibility for the emergence of a new type of hero by conflating images of rebirth and transformation.’
    condense, shorten, reduce, abbreviate, abridge, summarize, precis, abstract, boil down, shrink, encapsulate
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘fuse or melt down metal’): from Latin conflat- ‘kindled, fused’, from the verb conflare, from con- ‘together’ + flare ‘to blow’.