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
Recent Examples on the Web David Moore, a former port plumber, conspired with Zascavage to use P-Cards to charge for items that weren’t delivered and to falsify invoices. Larry Barszewski, sun-sentinel.com, "Port Everglades workers sentenced in fraud cases," 28 Oct. 2019 Janavs, the heiress to the Hot Pockets fortune, paid hundreds of thousands to falsify her daughter’s ACT exam score and get her into USC as a phony volleyball recruit, records show. BostonGlobe.com, "Four more parents pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Boston to fraud and money laundering charges in connection with the sweeping, nationwide," 22 Oct. 2019 The United States, the world’s largest consumer of meat, has banned fresh beef imports from Brazil since 2017, when a Brazilian investigation that found food inspectors had taken bribes to falsify sanitation records. Jesse Hyde, Los Angeles Times, "Brazil had a plan to stop the Amazon’s destruction. Here’s how it failed," 4 Oct. 2019 Hospital officials later told DPH investigators that the staff member who was supposed to have done those bed checks and didn’t, He was fired immediately, but the lawsuit alleges that the bed-check records were deliberately falsified. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "State reopens probe into suicide at celebrity rehab hospital following Courant investigation," 25 Nov. 2019 In March, for example, an FDA investigator inspecting the NingBo Huize Commodity Co., in Zhejiang, China, found that the plant had falsified all sorts of documents: cleaning validation reports, batch records, and annual reports. Katherine Eban, STAT, "In generic drug plants in China and India, data falsification is still a problem," 29 Oct. 2019 Regulatory staff determined that PG&E employees repeatedly falsified records about their efforts to locate and mark underground gas pipelines. J.d. Morris, SFChronicle.com, "PG&E gas executive involved in ill-timed winery retreat out of job," 15 Oct. 2019 He had been accused of falsifying employment records. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "Enquirer investigation: 70 cops with spotty records work in and around Cincinnati. Find out where.," 10 Oct. 2019 In November 2016 the Los Cerritos Community News reported on allegations that Rojas had falsified his resume and also raised questions about his handling of district finances. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, "Montebello school officials accused of misleading investors in $100-million bond sale," 20 Sep. 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falsifier. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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.
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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