Definition of fabricate in English:



[with object]
  • 1Invent (something) in order to deceive.

    ‘officers fabricated evidence’
    • ‘If, however, I believed that Mr. Wemyss had fabricated his evidence on this I would be more concerned.’
    • ‘As a result they contrived and fabricated a way to remove me from the company which they believed would relieve them of this contractual commitment.’
    • ‘Lawrence was found to have fabricated evidence to the Royal Commission.’
    • ‘Perez related how officers routinely fabricated elaborate stories in their reports.’
    • ‘When Bryant's lawyer cross-examines his accuser, and later, when the defense puts on its case, the defense attorney will want to provide evidence to the jury suggesting she is fabricating her claim.’
    • ‘In a society with an imperfect legal system, any false case can be fabricated, and they will also seem serious and perfect from the outside.’
    • ‘He went on to accuse the witnesses of fabricating the evidence against the accused.’
    • ‘There is no reason why the decedent would have lied to her or would have fabricated evidence.’
    • ‘But Richard Wallace, editor of the Mirror, says he has seen no evidence of tabloid journalists fabricating stories.’
    • ‘She did not try to invent or fabricate some explanation.’
    • ‘The fact that our enemies allegedly fabricate similar evidence of wrongdoing on our part absolves us of responsibility to reveal true, unfabricated evidence.’
    • ‘If evidence was indeed fabricated, this may well have been where it was done.’
    • ‘They also charged the prosecution had fabricated evidence during the corruption trial.’
    • ‘He said that Hammersley and Clark had fabricated the account which they gave in evidence, which put all the responsibility on him.’
    • ‘I would suggest that Fisk is the target of ridicule because he ignores evidence that doesn't support his ideology and fabricates evidence that does, all the while masquerading as a reporter when he's really an opinion writer.’
    • ‘Frequently these informants were simply adolescents seeking to frighten peers or parents, by fabricating evidence of cult ritual.’
    • ‘Bryan is paranoid that police are dishonest and will fabricate evidence against him, Mr Hemsley said.’
    • ‘I have absolute confidence that they were not fabricating their evidence.’
    • ‘But last week, Archer was found guilty of having fabricated evidence in that case.’
    • ‘You could, for instance, infer that they have fabricated their evidence, made it up, after those first interviews.’
    forge, falsify, fake, counterfeit, make up, invent
    concoct, make up, contrive, think up, dream up, invent, manufacture, trump up
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  • 2Construct or manufacture (an industrial product), especially from prepared components.

    ‘you will have to fabricate an exhaust system’
    • ‘Only master craftsmen could design and fabricate such a product.’
    • ‘The first phase develops, fabricates, integrates and tests prototype propulsion systems and power packs.’
    • ‘The asbestos industry in the town of Asbestos also included a large mill for fiber processing and a factory for fabricating asbestos products.’
    • ‘Most of the tungsten used thus far in aerospace applications has been in the unalloyed form, which is much easier and less expensive to produce and fabricate.’
    • ‘They have also used what they describe as a more sophisticated nozzle assembly to fabricate similarly sized microcapsules in which a drug core is surrounded by a biodegradable polymer shell.’
    • ‘In a world that is gradually fabricated around us, fashion and social acceptability are handed down ready-made.’
    • ‘The sculptor fabricates nearly all his pieces in his studio by welding together metal plates.’
    • ‘Once he has satisfied the creative side of his brain, the pragmatic side takes over and he meticulously fabricates and assembles his knives.’
    • ‘The aircraft was designed in Ohio and partially fabricated and assembled in New Jersey.’
    • ‘A camera system has been designed and fabricated based upon the above concept.’
    • ‘Contractors will fabricate and test advanced structural components to failure to validate performance relative to predicted performance.’
    • ‘For the formals as well as informals, Kutir creates the garments right from fabricating, dying, embroidery, stitching and assembling.’
    • ‘Finally, new shapes have been fabricated with blocks of crystals.’
    • ‘Still, it'd be difficult for me to fabricate enough new products to fill a whole column.’
    • ‘The contract duration is 53 months to design, fabricate and test 3 production representative systems.’
    • ‘The product can be finished and fabricated easily in a variety of ways with typical shop tools.’
    • ‘The metal must always be alloyed if it is to be fabricated or worked to make some useful product.’
    • ‘We think that bacteria and other small biological systems can be used as templates for fabricating even more complex systems.’
    • ‘A relatively new process to reduce the costs of fabricating components from these materials is metal injection molding.’
    • ‘The microwave area has naturally been most productive, because the metamaterials required are easier to fabricate.’
    make, create, manufacture, produce
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Late Middle English: from Latin fabricat- ‘manufactured’, from the verb fabricare, from fabrica ‘something skilfully produced’ (see fabric).