falsify

verb
fal·​si·​fy | \ ˈfȯl-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce falsify (audio) \
falsified; falsifying

Definition of falsify

transitive verb

1 : to prove or declare false : disprove
2 : to make false: such as
a : to make false by mutilation or addition the accounts were falsified to conceal a theft
b : to represent falsely : misrepresent
3 : to prove unsound by experience

intransitive verb

: to tell lies : lie

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Other Words from falsify

falsifiability \ ˌfȯl-​sə-​ˌfī-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce falsifiability (audio) \ noun
falsifiable \ ˌfȯl-​sə-​ˈfī-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce falsifiable (audio) \ adjective
falsification \ ˌfȯl-​sə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce falsification (audio) \ noun
falsifier \ ˈfȯl-​sə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce falsifier (audio) \ noun

Examples of falsify in a Sentence

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

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Sure, there are no guarantees, and SETI rests upon a hypothesis that’s impossible to falsify. Seth Shostak, NBC News, "Search for space aliens comes up empty, but extraterrestrial life could still be out there," 26 June 2019 There were few sports Singer wouldn't use to falsify a student's athletic profile, but lower-profile sports were best: soccer, tennis, lacrosse, volleyball, swimming, water polo or track and field. Gregory Korte, USA Today, "The rise of Rick Singer: How the mastermind of college admissions scandal built an empire on lies, exploited a broken system," 19 June 2019 Whether the de Sitter swampland conjecture and future experiments really have the power to falsify string theory remains to be seen. Quanta Magazine, "Dark Energy May Be Incompatible With String Theory," 9 Aug. 2018 As part of accepting the bribes, Vandemoer falsified internal Stanford recruiting paperwork. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "College admissions scandal: Ex-Stanford sailing coach sentenced to 1 day in prison," 12 June 2019 Specifically, authorities said each was charged with knowingly falsifying, concealing or covering up material or making a false or fraudulent statement in a matter under investigation by the Attorney General’s Office. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier retiring; hints at run for Congress," 12 June 2019 But, according to Siegal McIntyre, some of these tests were falsified. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "Destined for Export," 10 June 2019 The scheme allegedly involved bogus exam scores and falsified athletic achievements. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Actress Felicity Huffman to Plead Guilty for Her Role in College Admissions Scandal," 13 May 2019 Boone’s crime, for which the Internal Revenue Service pursued her for more than seven years, is falsifying tax returns from 2009 through 2011. Town & Country, "Mary Boone Is Taking a Break," 18 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of falsify

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for falsify

Middle English falsifien, from Middle French falsifier, from Medieval Latin falsificare, from Latin falsus

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falsify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of falsify

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

falsify

verb
fal·​si·​fy | \ ˈfȯl-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce falsify (audio) \
falsified; falsifying

Kids Definition of falsify

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

falsify

transitive verb
fal·​si·​fy | \ ˈfȯl-si-ˌfī How to pronounce falsify (audio) \
falsified; falsifying

Legal Definition of falsify

: to make false: as
a : to make (as a document) false by mutilation, alteration, or addition the motel clerk had falsified the records— M. A. Kelly
b : to report (as information) falsely the informant falsified his testimony

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