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fake

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verb \ˈfāk\

Definition of fake

faked

;

faking

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to coil in fakes

Origin and Etymology of fake

Middle English


First Known Use: 15th century


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fake

noun

Definition of fake

  1. :  one loop of a coil (as of ship's rope or a fire hose) coiled free for running

1627

First Known Use of fake

1627


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fake

adjective

Definition of fake

  1. :  counterfeit, sham He was wearing a fake mustache.

Examples of fake in a sentence

  1. That blood is clearly fake.

  2. He was wearing a fake mustache.

Origin and Etymology of fake

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1775


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fake

noun

Definition of fake

  1. :  one that is not what it purports to be: such asa :  a worthless imitation passed off as genuine The signature was a fake.b :  impostor, charlatan He told everyone that he was a lawyer, but he was just a fake.c :  a simulated movement in a sports contest (as a pretended kick, pass, or jump or a quick movement in one direction before going in another) designed to deceive an opponentd :  a device or apparatus used by a magician to achieve the illusion of magic in a trick

Origin and Etymology of fake

see 3fake


First Known Use: 1827

Synonym Discussion of fake

imposture, fraud, sham, fake, humbug, counterfeit mean a thing made to seem other than it is. imposture applies to any situation in which a spurious object or performance is passed off as genuine their claim of environmental concern is an imposture. fraud usually implies a deliberate perversion of the truth the diary was exposed as a fraud. sham applies to fraudulent imitation of a real thing or action condemned the election as a sham. fake implies an imitation of or substitution for the genuine but does not necessarily imply dishonesty these jewels are fakes; the real ones are in the vault. humbug suggests elaborate pretense usually so flagrant as to be transparent creating publicity by foisting humbugs on a gullible public. counterfeit applies especially to the close imitation of something valuable 20-dollar bills that were counterfeits.

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fake

verb

Definition of fake

faked

;

faking

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to alter, manipulate, or treat so as to give a spuriously (see spurious 2) genuine appearance to :  doctor faked the lab results

  3. 2 :  counterfeit, simulate, concoct faked a heart attack

  4. 3 :  to deceive (an opponent) in a sports contest by means of a fake (see 4fake c)

  5. 4 :  improvise, ad-lib whistle a few bars … and I'll fake the rest — Robert Sylvester

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to engage in faking something :  pretend —sometimes used with it if you don't have the answers, fake it

  8. 2 :  to give a fake to an opponent The runner faked left and then cut to the right.

faker

noun

fakery

play \ˈfā-k(ə-)rē\ noun

Origin and Etymology of fake

see 3fake


First Known Use: 1851



FAKE Defined for English Language Learners


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fake

adjective

Definition of fake for English Language Learners

  • : not true or real : meant to look real or genuine but not real or genuine


FAKE Defined for Kids

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fake

play
adjective \ˈfāk\

Definition of fake for Students

  1. :  not true or real The fake spider frightened me.


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fake

play
noun

Definition of fake for Students

  1. :  a person or thing that is not really what is pretended The diamond is a fake.


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fake

play
verb

Definition of fake for Students

faked

;

faking

  1. 1 :  pretend 2 faking surprise

  2. 2 :  to change or treat in a way that gives a false effect She faked the test results.

  3. 3 :  to imitate in order to deceive fake a signature



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