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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Prosecutors also claim the Chrisleys used their production company, 7 C Production, to hide their reality TV income from the IRS, and allege that Todd directed an employee to falsify income and asset documents. Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, "Todd and Julie Chrisley, The Situation and More Reality Stars Who've Faced Jail Time," 12 Sep. 2019 Felicity Huffman is asking a Massachusetts federal judge for sympathy and leniency, after admitting to paying $15,000 to Operation Varsity Blues mastermind Rick Singer to falsify her daughter’s SAT scores. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Felicity Huffman Tells Court She Was Desperate to Be a Good Mother in Plea for Probation," 6 Sep. 2019 Dozens of wealthy parents — many from Silicon Valley — paid thousands of dollars to an admissions consultant to falsify their kids’ athletic credentials and inflate their exam scores. John Woolfolk, The Mercury News, "College Board modifies controversial SAT ‘adversity score’ after criticism," 27 Aug. 2019 The indictment unsealed in Chicago federal court Friday says Kelly and his business manager, Derrel McDavid, threatened, intimidated and pressured the girl and her parents to falsify police reports and give false testimony to a grand jury. Author: Sara Burnett, Caryn Rousseau, Anchorage Daily News, "Feds bring new sex crime charges against singer R. Kelly," 12 July 2019 As part of his plea deal, Flynn also admitted to falsifying information related to his dealings with Ekim Alptekin, former chairman of the Turkey-U.S. Business Council and a current board member. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "Turkish group tied to Michael Flynn now has another ex-Trump aide in its employ," 26 Feb. 2018 Lescaudron, 54, has admitted to falsifying trading instructions to try to dig himself out of growing trading losses for his clients that began more than a decade ago and were undiscovered until 2015. Hugo Miller, Bloomberg.com, "Tears, ‘Fear' and Forgeries: Key Issues From Credit Suisse Case," 22 Jan. 2018 Prosecutors charged him with crimes including falsifying information on federal forms to buy four firearms from a Miami-area gun shop on two separate occasions. Marcus Lim, sun-sentinel.com, "Kodak Black pleads guilty to federal weapons charges, says he needed guns for ‘protection’," 22 Aug. 2019 Humphrey was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2016 and pleaded guilty in September to charges of theft of public money and falsifying a time sheet. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Fairfield sexual violence nonprofit misused federal funds, auditors say," 19 Aug. 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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