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Make (something) by putting together various elements.‘together they had confected a valiseful of show tunes’
- ‘To undermine Weinstein's credentials, his adversaries have confected a series of charges of sloppy scholarship.’
- ‘In the Eucharistic service, the priest confects the bread as Christ's body.’
- ‘Playwrights, directors, songwriters migrated from New York to California, confecting a word-and-picture medium quite similar to the one they had left behind.’
- ‘She also confects dips, chocolate mousse, cheesecake, soft cheeses and, of course, butter.’
- ‘Opposition MPs have had no qualms confecting anger, declaring Mr Blair's choice of garment to be a ‘sartorial outrage‘.’
Late Middle English: from Latin confect- put together from the verb conficere, from con- together + facere make.
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