falsify

verb
fal·​si·​fy | \ˈfȯl-sə-ˌfī \
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 \ noun
falsifiable \ ˌfȯl-​sə-​ˈfī-​ə-​bəl \ adjective
falsification \ ˌfȯl-​sə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən \ noun
falsifier \ ˈfȯl-​sə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r \ 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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The Russian central bank rescued Otkritie and said the private bank had falsified its accounts. Max Colchester And Margot Patrick, WSJ, "Hiding Russian Money Was Easy. Quitting Was Harder.," 4 Aug. 2018 Image Nissan Motor has become the latest Japanese automaker to admit to falsifying product-quality data, dealing a further blow to Japan Inc.’s reputation for dependable quality. Carlos Tejada, New York Times, "Nissan Workers in Japan Falsified Emissions Tests, Review Says," 9 July 2018 Fresenius claims Akorn officials sought to cover up that rogue employees falsified test results and the company's executives submitted the phony findings in three FDA drug applications. Jef Feeley, chicagotribune.com, "Akorn's lax computer security linked to deal cancellation," 10 July 2018 In a February report, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader had accused Kovesi of being authoritarian, and claimed that prosecutors under her command had falsified evidence and an inordinate number of defendants had been acquitted. Fox News, "Romania's chief anti-graft prosecutor fired," 10 July 2018 In a February report, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader had accused Kovesi of being authoritarian and claimed that prosecutors under her command had falsified evidence and that an inordinate number of defendants had been acquitted. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 9, 2018," 9 July 2018 Kobe Steel, a major Japanese manufacturer, said in November that its employees had falsified quality data for years, and other companies scrambled to assess the possibility of their own inspection problems. Carlos Tejada, New York Times, "Nissan Workers in Japan Falsified Emissions Tests, Review Says," 9 July 2018 In a February report, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader had accused Kovesi of being authoritarian, and claimed that prosecutors under her command had falsified evidence and an inordinate number of defendants had been acquitted. Alison Mutler, The Seattle Times, "Romania’s chief anti-graft prosecutor fired," 9 July 2018 Freeman concluded that the three had falsified records and engaged in conduct unbecoming of an officer. Steven Goode, Courant Community, "Windsor Police: Officers Falsified Records," 30 June 2018

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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 \
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 \
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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