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intr.v. con·fab·u·lat·ed, con·fab·u·lat·ing, con·fab·u·lates
1. To talk casually; chat.
2. Psychology To fill in gaps in one's memory with fabrications that one believes to be facts.

[Latin cōnfābulārī, cōnfābulāt- : com-, com- + fābulārī, to talk (from fābula, conversation; see fable).]

con·fab′u·la′tion n.
con·fab′u·la′tor n.
con·fab′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.


vb (intr)
1. to talk together; converse; chat
2. (Psychiatry) psychiatry to replace the gaps left by a disorder of the memory with imaginary remembered experiences consistently believed to be true. See also paramnesia
[C17: from Latin confābulārī, from fābulārī to talk, from fābula a story; see fable]
conˌfabuˈlation n
conˈfabuˌlator n
conˈfabulatory adj


(kənˈfæb yəˌleɪt)

v.i. -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
1. to converse informally or privately.
2. Psychiatry. to fill a gap in memory with a falsification believed to be true.
[1605–15; < Latin confābulātus << fābula talk, fable]
con•fab`u•la′tion, n.
con•fab′u•la`tor, n.
con•fab′u•la•to`ry (-ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.


Past participle: confabulated
Gerund: confabulating

I confabulate
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we confabulate
you confabulate
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I confabulated
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Present Continuous
I am confabulating
you are confabulating
he/she/it is confabulating
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they are confabulating
Present Perfect
I have confabulated
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Past Continuous
I was confabulating
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Past Perfect
I had confabulated
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he/she/it had confabulated
we had confabulated
you had confabulated
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I will confabulate
you will confabulate
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Future Perfect
I will have confabulated
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Future Continuous
I will be confabulating
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been confabulating
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he/she/it has been confabulating
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been confabulating
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he/she/it will have been confabulating
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you will have been confabulating
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been confabulating
you had been confabulating
he/she/it had been confabulating
we had been confabulating
you had been confabulating
they had been confabulating
I would confabulate
you would confabulate
he/she/it would confabulate
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you would confabulate
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Past Conditional
I would have confabulated
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.confabulate - unconsciously replace fact with fantasy in one's memory
psychiatry, psychological medicine, psychopathology - the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders
cook up, fabricate, invent, manufacture, make up - make up something artificial or untrue
2.confabulate - talk socially without exchanging too much informationconfabulate - talk socially without exchanging too much information; "the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"
converse, discourse - carry on a conversation
jawbone, schmoose, schmooze, shmoose, shmooze - talk idly or casually and in a friendly way
3.confabulate - have a conference in order to talk something over; "We conferred about a plan of action"
hash out, talk over, discuss - speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion; "We discussed our household budget"
collogue - confer secretly


To engage in spoken exchange:
Informal: confab, visit.


[kənˈfæbjʊleɪt] VIconferenciar
References in classic literature ?
The schoolroom piano broke into all gruesome fancies; and when that failed there were confabulations in corners, with a sequel of one of them going out in the highest spirits in order to "come in" as something new.
We had lain thus in bed, chatting and napping at short intervals, and Queequeg now and then affectionately throwing his brown tattooed legs over mine, and then drawing them back; so entirely sociable and free and easy were we; when, at last, by reason of our confabulations, what little nappishness remained in us altogether departed, and we felt like getting up again, though day-break was yet some way down the future.
The vision had roused a host of other associations, and he sat looking with new eyes at the library which, for over thirty years, had been the scene of his solitary musings and of all the family confabulations.
She remembered the simple delight expressed on the round, good-humored face of Anna Pavlovna at their meetings; she remembered their secret confabulations about the invalid, their plots to draw him away from the work which was forbidden him, and to get him out-of-doors; the devotion of the youngest boy, who used to call her "my Kitty," and would not go to bed without her.
To much confabulation succeeded a sound of scrubbing and setting to rights; and when I passed the room, in going downstairs to dinner, I saw through the open door that all was again restored to complete order; only the bed was stripped of its hangings.
On leaving the terminus, I had the satisfaction of seeing the lawyer's clerk in close confabulation with the detective officer whose advent I had prophesied.
Trust me, sir, I have already laughed more than beseems my cloth at your Homeric confabulation with yonder ragamuffin General of the rebels.
It occurred to me that if old "Bless my soul--you don't say so" were to put his head up the companion and catch sight of us, he would think he was seeing double, or imagine himself come upon a scene of weird witchcraft; the strange captain having a quiet confabulation by the wheel with his own gray ghost.
In that cafe with our heads close together over a marble table, Dominic and I held an earnest and endless confabulation while Madame Leonore, rustling a black silk skirt, with gold earrings, with her raven hair elaborately dressed and something nonchalant in her movements, would take occasion, in passing to and fro, to rest her hand for a moment on Dominic's shoulder.
Bucket for a little private confabulation, tells his tale satisfactorily, though out of breath.
The message concluded with the news that at the moment of the bearer's departure there was a great confabulation in progress as to which diamonds were to be worn, and how.
One of the greatest financiers of the city in close confabulation with Mr.