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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This highlights something important: issues like narrative framing and context play a key role in how misinformation can spread online, in addition to more straightforward cases of falsified or manipulated images. An Xiao Mina, The Atlantic, "That Merkel Photo Is More Like a Meme Than a Renaissance Painting," 11 June 2018 The lawsuit, filed in federal court in 2016 by Napleton Automotive Group, alleged Fiat Chrysler violated antitrust and dealer franchise laws for financially rewarding dealers for falsifying sales reports. Adrienne Roberts, WSJ, "Fiat Chrysler Settles Dealer Lawsuit Over Sales Reporting," 5 Apr. 2019 Many have determined Dee Dee likely had Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a condition where a caregiver falsifies health problems in order to gain sympathy from others. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Nicholas Godejohn? Inside Gypsy Rose Blanchard's Relationship With Her Mother's Killer," 3 Apr. 2019 Reese pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy and 23 counts of forgery for falsifying titles. Mark Fazlollah, Philly.com, "Police officer probed in theft of homes," 2 Dec. 2012 The latter included falsifying participation in sports programs, and photoshopping faces onto stock athlete photos, according to Buzzfeed News. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman Among Dozens of Wealthy Parents Indicted in College Admissions Cheating Scheme," 12 Mar. 2019 Those cases involved officers assaulting subjects, falsifying police reports and theft. Melina Delkic, Newsweek, "Why St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden May Have the Toughest Job in America," 6 Feb. 2018 Upon return, employees were told by management to falsify corporate records by listing the travel as vacation, rather than business-related. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Turkish Subsidiary Hid Iranian Activity from U.S. Parent, Treasury Says," 7 Feb. 2019 They were charged with three counts of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as seven counts of falsifying books and records, a count of circumventing accounting controls and a conspiracy count. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Two Former Cognizant Executives Charged in Bribery Probe," 15 Feb. 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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English Language Learners Definition of falsify

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


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.


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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one that collects or salvages junk

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