Definition of fabulate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfabyəˌlāt/ /ˈfæbjəˌleɪt/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Relate (an event or events) as a fable or story.

    ‘When real life is so fabulated, how can writers use straightforward realism?’
    • ‘Briony fabulates a story into which the others in the house are grafted; the events of the day are the substance from which she spins her tale.’
    1. 1.1no object Relate untrue or invented stories.


Early 17th century from Latin fabulat- ‘narrated as a fable’, from the verb fabulari, from fabula (see fable).