from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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  • v. To bring things together and fuse them into a single entity.
  • v. To mix together different elements.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To blow together; to bring together; to collect; to fuse together; to join or weld; to consolidate.
  • transitive v. to ignore distinctions between, by treating two or more distinguishable objects or ideas as one; to confuse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To blow together; bring together as if by convergent winds.
  • In diplomatics, to form by inadvertent combination of two readings of the same words. See conflation, 3.
  • Blown together; wafted together from several sources; heterogeneous.
  • In diplomatics, marked by conflation; inadvertently formed by combining two different readings into one: as, a conflate text or passage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. mix together different elements


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin cōnflāre, cōnflāt- : com-, com- + flāre, to blow; see bhlē- in Indo-European roots.

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1541: from Latin cōnflātus, from cōnflō ("fuse, melt, or blow together"); cōn ("with, together") + flō ("blow").


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