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 She also was investigated for falsifying documents and failing to account for funds and vouchers meant to be given to clients. oregonlive, "After investigation into wide-ranging misconduct, Multnomah County will review management of mental health division," 18 Apr. 2020 Dookhan was convicted of falsifying test results, while Farak was sent to prison for using the test materials herself, getting high at work and even in court. Gina Vaynshteyn, refinery29.com, "The True Story Behind How To Fix A Drug Scandal & Why It Matters," 2 Apr. 2020 In his email to The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Bernini said his involvement in the approval process of the contracts was limited to the collection of certain documents, and that nothing was falsified or backdated. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Italian Oil Giant Eni Forfeits $24.5 Million to Resolve Bribery Probe," 20 Apr. 2020 For example, Kahn says, consider how conditioning free movement or employment on immunity could very well lead people to falsify immunity certificates. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The Great Immunity Divide," 16 Apr. 2020 This prediction was falsified in the 1980s by both the Irvine-Michigan-Brookhaven experiment in Ohio and the Kamiokande experiment, Super-K’s predecessor. Quanta Magazine, "Grand Unification Dream Kept at Bay," 15 Dec. 2016 Escobar is accused of using false diagnoses and of falsifying patient pain intensity scales in medical charts. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohio doctor faces 145 charges, accused of operating ‘pill mill,’ causing 2 deaths," 6 Mar. 2020 In recent days, the state surpassed every other nation in reported coronavirus cases excluding America's own nationwide total, but some countries have been accused of falsifying data. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "New York City public schools won't reopen until September," 11 Apr. 2020 The scandal involved wealthy parents paying large sums of money to Singer — a California college admissions consultant — to inflate or doctor test scores or falsify sports records for recruitment to gain admission to schools like USC and Georgetown. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Hot Pockets Heiress Michelle Janavs Gets Prison Time For College Admissions Scandal," 26 Feb. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falsify. Accessed 3 Jun. 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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