Confabulate is a fancy way of saying “talk.” If you’re feeling formal, you don’t chat with your best friend on the phone, you confabulate. Regular people talk, people wearing tuxedos and beaded evening gowns confabulate.

Confabulate means to talk, but it also refers to creating a memory that’s unreal, like a fable, without being aware of it. If you suffer from memory loss, you might confabulate to fill in the blanks. The word comes from the Latin com- for "together" and fabulari for "to talk," which comes from fabula for "a tale." Whew. For a long time, confabulate just meant “to talk,” but the psychiatric sense came later.

Definitions of confabulate
  1. verb
    talk socially without exchanging too much information
    synonyms: chaffer, chat, chatter, chew the fat, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, gossip, jaw, natter, shoot the breeze, visit
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    jawbone, schmoose, schmooze, shmoose, shmooze
    talk idly or casually and in a friendly way
    type of:
    converse, discourse
    carry on a conversation
  2. verb
    have a conference in order to talk something over
    synonyms: confab, confer, consult
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    confer secretly
    type of:
    discuss, hash out, talk over
    speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion
  3. verb
    unconsciously replace fact with fantasy in one's memory
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    type of:
    cook up, fabricate, invent, make up, manufacture
    make up something artificial or untrue
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