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Definition of "conflate" [con•flate]

  • To bring together; meld or fuse: "The problems [with the biopic] include . . . dates moved around, lovers deleted, many characters conflated into one” ( Ty Burr). (verb-transitive)
  • To combine (two variant texts, for example) into one whole. (verb-transitive)

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 "conflate" in a sentence
  • "In order to present the Táin in its completest form, however, I have adopted the novel plan of incorporating in the LL. account the translations of what are known as conflate readings."
  • "So I do equate (not "conflate") Johnson and Bond in this context: Some Black "prominent" people (some of them from the civil rights movement era) have seemingly found it difficult to break away from the (hopefully, now past) paternalistic relationship carved out with "the Clintons" over time."
  • "When she used the word "conflate" at a principals 'meeting, she was mocked for academic jargon."