falsify

verb
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

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 Prosecutors have said the Chrisleys directed that former employee to falsify documents. al, 14 May 2022 Prosecutors have said the Chrisleys directed that former employee to falsify documents. Kate Brumback, ajc, 14 May 2022 In one instance, according to the Justice Department, the pharmacy director of a California hospital obtained real lot numbers for vials of the Moderna vaccine and used them to falsify COVID-19 vaccination cards. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 20 Apr. 2022 In May 2021, Jansen met with Mazi and agreed on a plan to sell the pellets and falsify the vaccination cards, prosecutors said. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Apr. 2022 Fortenberry in October was charged with one count of scheming to falsify and conceal material facts and two counts of making false statements to federal investigators. María Luisa Paúl, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Mar. 2022 Fortenberry in October was charged with one count of scheming to falsify and conceal material facts and two counts of making false statements to federal investigators. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2022 Fortenberry, 61, was charged last October with three felony counts, including one count of scheming to falsify and conceal material facts and two counts of making false statements to federal investigators. Taylor Romine, CNN, 24 Mar. 2022 It’s not a perfect technique, given how easily social-media users can falsify their identity and create new handles. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Falsify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falsify. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for falsify

falsify

verb
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.

falsify

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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