Definition of fabricate in English:



  • 1Invent (something) in order to deceive.

    ‘officers fabricated evidence’
    • ‘He went on to accuse the witnesses of fabricating the evidence against the accused.’
    • ‘But last week, Archer was found guilty of having fabricated evidence in that case.’
    • ‘There is no reason why the decedent would have lied to her or would have fabricated evidence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But Richard Wallace, editor of the Mirror, says he has seen no evidence of tabloid journalists fabricating stories.’
    • ‘Perez related how officers routinely fabricated elaborate stories in their reports.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The fact that our enemies allegedly fabricate similar evidence of wrongdoing on our part absolves us of responsibility to reveal true, unfabricated evidence.’
    • ‘Frequently these informants were simply adolescents seeking to frighten peers or parents, by fabricating evidence of cult ritual.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If evidence was indeed fabricated, this may well have been where it was done.’
    • ‘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 said that Hammersley and Clark had fabricated the account which they gave in evidence, which put all the responsibility on him.’
    • ‘You could, for instance, infer that they have fabricated their evidence, made it up, after those first interviews.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They also charged the prosecution had fabricated evidence during the corruption trial.’
    • ‘Lawrence was found to have fabricated evidence to the Royal Commission.’
    • ‘If, however, I believed that Mr. Wemyss had fabricated his evidence on this I would be more concerned.’
    • ‘She did not try to invent or fabricate some explanation.’
    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’
    • ‘The microwave area has naturally been most productive, because the metamaterials required are easier to fabricate.’
    • ‘The asbestos industry in the town of Asbestos also included a large mill for fiber processing and a factory for fabricating asbestos products.’
    • ‘The first phase develops, fabricates, integrates and tests prototype propulsion systems and power packs.’
    • ‘Contractors will fabricate and test advanced structural components to failure to validate performance relative to predicted performance.’
    • ‘Once he has satisfied the creative side of his brain, the pragmatic side takes over and he meticulously fabricates and assembles his knives.’
    • ‘Still, it'd be difficult for me to fabricate enough new products to fill a whole column.’
    • ‘For the formals as well as informals, Kutir creates the garments right from fabricating, dying, embroidery, stitching and assembling.’
    • ‘In a world that is gradually fabricated around us, fashion and social acceptability are handed down ready-made.’
    • ‘The contract duration is 53 months to design, fabricate and test 3 production representative systems.’
    • ‘Only master craftsmen could design and fabricate such a product.’
    • ‘The product can be finished and fabricated easily in a variety of ways with typical shop tools.’
    • ‘A relatively new process to reduce the costs of fabricating components from these materials is metal injection molding.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Finally, new shapes have been fabricated with blocks of crystals.’
    • ‘The sculptor fabricates nearly all his pieces in his studio by welding together metal plates.’
    • ‘The aircraft was designed in Ohio and partially fabricated and assembled in New Jersey.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A camera system has been designed and fabricated based upon the above concept.’
    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).