One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relate (an event or events) as a fable or story.
- ‘When real life is so fabulated, how can writers use straightforward realism?’
- ‘Briony fabulates a story into which the others in the house are grafted; the events of the day are the substance from which she spins her tale.’
- 1.1no object Relate untrue or invented stories.
Early 17th century: from Latin fabulat- ‘narrated as a fable’, from the verb fabulari, from fabula (see fable).
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