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 falsify (audio) \ noun
falsifiable \ ˌfȯl-​sə-​ˈfī-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce falsify (audio) \ adjective
falsification \ ˌfȯl-​sə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce falsify (audio) \ noun
falsifier \ ˈfȯl-​sə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce falsify (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 Some census enumerators reported that supervisors ordered them to cut corners or falsify data to meet the target threshold of 99 percent households counted. BostonGlobe.com, "Your questions about the 2020 Census, answered," 26 Apr. 2021 And yet there were no DMX clones in his wake because there was no way to falsify the life that forged him. New York Times, "DMX, a Profound Vessel for Pain," 9 Apr. 2021 This includes allegations that former parole board chair Adrianne Bennett violated state law by asking colleagues to falsify a report and doctor board meeting minutes. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Virginia parole board controversy escalates as whistleblower alleges retaliation," 11 Mar. 2021 Mexico’s role in this effort to falsify history is intriguing. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Rewriting History in Bolivia—and Mexico," 28 Mar. 2021 In May 2019, Huffman pleaded guilty to paying Singer $15,000 USD to falsify her daughter’s SAT scores. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "What Happened To The 33 Parents Involved In Operation Varsity Blues," 18 Mar. 2021 Bierasure is the tendency to ignore and falsify evidence of bisexuality — being attracted to two or more genders — and its existence. Christian Weissmann, Los Angeles Times, "I am not 50% gay and 50% straight. I am 100% bisexual.," 13 Mar. 2021 Among his dealings to cheat the college admissions system, he was accused of offering bribes to falsify student athletic records and paying off SAT exam proctors. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Netflix's Operation Varsity Blues trailer recreates real F.B.I. wiretaps from college admissions scam," 1 Mar. 2021 President Trump attempted to corrupt the election by pressuring the Secretary of State of Georgia to falsify the election results in his state. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Jason Chaffetz says he's open to challenging Mitt Romney in Utah Senate primary," 15 Feb. 2021

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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 11 May. 2021.

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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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