Part of speech:
(Like "eat," "try," and "want," all transitive verbs do something to an object.
You eat a banana, try a game, and want a new phone.
Likewise, you fabricate something.)
When you fabricate something, you make it up so that you can trick other people. Think of how fabric (the material in clothes, bed sheets, etc.) is sewn carefully together into one piece, and that's like how you fabricate a lie or a story, by carefully making it up and piecing it together.
fabricated, fabricating, fabricator, fabrication
How to use it:
Talk about someone fabricating a lie, fabricating a story, fabricating a reason, fabricating an excuse, fabricating a new identity, fabricating an amazing tale for why she's late or doesn't have the homework done, and so on.
Some atheists cry out that their beliefs and rights are constantly abused, while others say such abuse is entirely fabricated.
The university suffered public shame when it had to fire one of its researchers for fabricating data in an important study.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "fabricate" means when you can explain it without saying "invent" or "lie."
Think of the last time you faced an awkward situation in which you had to lie, and fill in the blanks: "I had to fabricate a reason for _____ when _____."
Example: "I had to fabricate a reason for being busy that day when an acquaintance invited me to another boring wedding shower."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don't go straight to the review now; let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
This month's game is "guess the common word based on the given literal root meanings." Try it out each day and see the right answer the next day. It can be fun and illuminating to see the literal meanings of words when they came into the language! More than one right answer might be possible in some cases, just so you know. Also, it's okay if you can't come up with most or even any of the answers on your own; just check out the solutions and you'll learn the roots as you go along this month.
"with" + "beat/fight" = ?
Try this one today:
"completely" + "catch hold of" = ?
A Point Well Made:
Shakespeare: "Suit the action to the word, the word to the action."
1. The opposite of FABRICATE is
A. RIP APART
B. TELL THE TRUTH
C. SLIM DOWN
2. Having fabricated much of the evidence for the case, the lawyer _____.
A. felt well-prepared to represent the client
B. resigned in shame before being disbarred
C. was unfamiliar with the details of the accusation
Answers are below.
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