verb fal·si·fy \ˈfl-sə-ˌfī\

: to make (something) false : to change (something) in order to make people believe something that is not true


Full Definition of FALSIFY

transitive verb
:  to prove or declare false :  disprove
:  to make false: as
a :  to make false by mutilation or addition <the accounts were falsified to conceal a theft>
b :  to represent falsely :  misrepresent
:  to prove unsound by experience
intransitive verb
:  to tell lies :  lie
fal·si·fi·abil·i·ty \ˌfl-sə-ˌfī-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
fal·si·fi·able \-ˈfī-ə-bəl\ adjective
fal·si·fi·ca·tion \ˌfl-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
fal·si·fi·er \ˈfl-sə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of FALSIFY

  1. He was caught falsifying financial accounts.
  2. <taking that statement completely out of context essentially falsifies it, whether that's your intention or not>

Origin of FALSIFY

Middle English falsifien, from Middle French falsifier, from Medieval Latin falsificare, from Latin falsus
First Known Use: 15th century
FALSIFY Defined for Kids


verb fal·si·fy \ˈfl-sə-ˌfī\

Definition of FALSIFY for Kids

:  to change in order to deceive <They were caught falsifying their records.>


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