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Daemon
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conflate

(verb) Mix together different elements.

Synonyms: coalesce, fuse, mix, merge, commingle, flux, blend, meld, combine

Usage: My kids think that I spend all day making up bedtime stories for them, but in truth, I spin each yarn as I go and merely conflate elements from various fairy tales rather than concoct a new narrative.
thar
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'Blow together' to melt and fuse into one.

So it is related to inflate and deflate even those are more directly about blowing air in or out. Literally or Metaphorically.
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conflate (v.)
mid-15c., "to mold or cast from molten metal" (a sense now obsolete), from Latin conflatus, past participle of conflare "to blow up, kindle, light; bring together, compose," also "to melt together," literally "to blow together," from assimilated form of com "with, together" (see con-) + flare "to blow" (from PIE root *bhle- "to blow").

From c. 1600 as "to bring together from various sources." In reference to text, "to form by inadvertent combination of two readings of the same words," from 1885.

Mehrdad77
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Also it Means: mistake one thing for another
synonyms: confound, confuse
blur, confuse, obnubilate, obscure
make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
confuse, jumble, mix up
assemble without order or sense

type of:
misidentify, mistake
identify incorrectly
Mehrdad77
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Conflate is a more formal way to say "mix together," and it's typically used for texts or ideas. You probably wouldn't say you conflated the ingredients for a cake, but if you blended two different stories together to make a new one, conflate would work.
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The verb conflate comes to us from the Latin word conflare, which literally means "to blow together." So think of using this word when you want to talk about two things getting thrown together and combined. Things that have been conflated often seem mixed up or confused. In fact, this word is also now sometimes used to mean "confuse or mix up.
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Once blackness and crime, especially drug crime, became conflated in the public consciousness, the “criminalblackman,” as termed by legal scholar Kathryn Russell, would inevitably become the primary target of law enforcement.
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thar wrote:
'Blow together' to melt and fuse into one.

The original word was an adjective:

Quote:
The tillmen tough their teams could take,
And to hard harness them conflate;
One of a share can shortly make
A sallat for to save his pate

The Battle of Flodden Field: a Poem of the Sixteenth Century

Up to my birthday it is almost universally found in studies of the New Testament:

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=conflate+%2A&year_start=1800&year_end=1962&corpus=26&smoothing=3

Quote:
Conflate or double readings are those which, in places in which there is some variety in copies, contain both combined, blended, or merely placed in juxtaposition.

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An Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, 1856

UPDATE
Ok! I have found it used as a verb in the 17th century:

https://books.google.com/books?id=Z48Q5qnwTc4C&pg=PA111&dq=%22conflated%22

Quote:
Others have defin'd it to be nothing but a Harmony, conflated by the most even composure of the four Elements in man.

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Resolves, Divine, Moral and Political, 1661, Owen Feltham

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Adyl Mouhei
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Also a conflation is the combination of two (or more) different expressions into one.
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Conflate - Mix together different expressions or elements.
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