confabulate[kən fab′yə lāt′]
- to talk together in an informal way; chat
- Psychol. to fill in gaps in the memory with detailed accounts of fictitious events believed true by the narrator
Origin: < pp. of L confabulari, to talk together < com-, together + fabulari, to converse: see fable
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intransitive verb con·fab·u·lat·ed, con·fab·u·lat·ing, con·fab·u·lates
- To talk casually; chat.
- Psychology To fill in gaps in one's memory with fabrications that one believes to be facts.
Origin: Latin cōnfābulārī, cōnfābulāt- : com-, com- + fābulārī, to talk (from fābula, conversation; see fable).
- con·fabˌu·laˈtion noun
- con·fabˈu·laˌtor noun
- con·fabˈu·la·toˌry adjective