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Definition of "confabulate" [con•fab•u•late]

  • To talk casually; chat. (verb-intransitive)
  • Psychology To fill in gaps in one's memory with fabrications that one believes to be facts. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "confabulate" in a sentence
  • "I sketch rather than describe in detail, letting the readers confabulate to fill in the whole picture."
  • "Rogue artists who confabulate our notions of what art is and isn't are always going to come along, and we should be grateful for them, even encourage them."
  • "Henry Sidgwick, you are not only highly selective in the questions you choose to answer, you evade answering the questions, prevaricate and confabulate."