fabricate

Do you like to construct mini airplanes from kits? Work on an assembly line? Piece together Ikea furniture? Then you certainly know how to fabricate, or to put together, things.

While fabricate might mean the physical act of construction, it can also mean constructing a falsehood. Watch out — those well versed in the art of fabrication might have an ulterior motive. In the movies, the bad cops sometimes fabricate evidence to make the good guy look guilty. When you tell the teacher the dog ate your homework, you’ve fabricated a pretty silly excuse. So if you’re going to fabricate the truth, get some better material!

Definitions of fabricate
  1. verb
    put together out of artificial or natural components or parts
    “the company fabricates plastic chairs”
    synonyms: construct, manufacture
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    types:
    mass-produce
    produce on a large scale
    raft
    make into a raft
    type of:
    make
    make by shaping or bringing together constituents
  2. verb
    make up something artificial or untrue
    synonyms: cook up, invent, make up, manufacture
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    mythologise, mythologize
    construct a myth
    confabulate
    unconsciously replace fact with fantasy in one's memory
    concoct, trump up
    invent
    spin
    make up a story
    vamp, vamp up
    make up
    type of:
    concoct, dream up, hatch, think of, think up
    devise or invent
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