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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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 Harry Claiborne was impeached and removed in 1986, two years after receiving a two-year prison sentence for falsifying income tax returns. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "It works just like impeaching a president.," 27 Sep. 2018 Harris faces two counts of forgery for falsifying the weapon transfer slips and two counts of theft by unlawful taking. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Ammo, moonshine and eyeballs: Kentucky cops and coroner indicted," 7 June 2018 Grenier now faces charges of bigamy, falsifying physical evidence and tampering with records, the AP said. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Convicted of child neglect, she hatched a plan. Now she faces a bigamy charge, too | Miami Herald," 21 Feb. 2018 He and two of his former L.A. Works employees were charged with one count of misappropriation of public funds, embezzlement, grand theft and falsifying a public document. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "CalPERS slashed pensions for 200 workers. Their boss is suing to keep his. | The Sacramento Bee," 17 May 2018 But remember, anecdotes can easily be embellished or falsified. Abby Langer, SELF, "Most Diets Don't Work, But If a Diet Promises These 4 Things, Run Away," 5 Jan. 2019 The donation came about three months after the publication of an article about two orphaned siblings in Syria for Der Spiegel, which Mr. Relotius acknowledged through his lawyer was largely falsified. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "German Journalist Accused of Setting Up Fake Charity Donated Money to Aid Group," 28 Dec. 2018

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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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