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fake

verb \ ˈfāk \

Definition of fake

faked; faking
transitive verb
:to coil in fakes

Origin and Etymology of fake

Middle English


2

fake

noun

Definition of fake

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

First Known Use of fake

1627


3

fake

adjective

Definition of fake

: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


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fake

noun

Definition of fake

:one that is not what it purports to be: such as
a :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 (such as a pretended kick, pass, or jump or a quick movement in one direction before going in another) designed to deceive an opponent
d :a device or apparatus used by a magician to achieve the illusion of magic in a trick

Origin and Etymology of fake

see 3fake

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
transitive verb
1 :to alter, manipulate, or treat so as to give a spuriously (see spurious 2) genuine appearance to :doctor
  • faked the lab results
2 :counterfeit, simulate, concoct
  • faked a heart attack
3 :to deceive (an opponent) in a sports contest by means of a fake (see 4fake c)
4 :improvise, ad-lib
  • whistle a few bars … and I'll fake the rest
  • —Robert Sylvester
intransitive verb
1 :to engage in faking something :pretend sometimes used with it
  • if you don't have the answers, fake it
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



FAKE Defined for English Language Learners

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

adjective \ ˈfāk \

Definition of fake for Students

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

2

fake

noun

Definition of fake for Students

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

3

fake

verb

Definition of fake for Students

faked; faking
1 :pretend 2
  • faking surprise
2 :to change or treat in a way that gives a false effect
  • She faked the test results.
3 :to imitate in order to deceive
  • fake a signature


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