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

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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 During the 2010 census, two managers in a Brooklyn census office were fired for instructing workers to falsify questionnaires, requiring around 4,220 households to be recounted. Fox News, "Census takers say they were told to enter false information," 8 Nov. 2020 During the 2010 census, two managers in a Brooklyn census office were fired for instructing workers to falsify questionnaires, requiring around 4,220 households to be recounted. Mike Schneider, Anchorage Daily News, "Census takers say they were told to enter false information," 8 Nov. 2020 One text instructed data collectors to falsify data by marking households as having one occupant if workers were unable to interview a household after two attempts. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "US census manager instructed field workers to falsify data: Report," 24 Nov. 2020 In September of 2000, Slobodan Milosevic, who had been the dictator of Serbia for more than a decade, attempted to falsify election results in order to stay in power. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "How to Stop a Power Grab," 16 Nov. 2020 Enumerators have described chaotic scenes, as some supervisors ordered them to cut corners or falsify data in order to mark households as counted and meet the target threshold of 99 percent. Washington Post, "Experts urge ‘radical transparency’ in 2020 Census count," 13 Nov. 2020 After the Supreme Court decision, the local governments and advocacy groups documented other cases in which census takers were instructed to falsify information or cut corners in order to finish the count. Fox News, "Census takers say they were told to enter false information," 8 Nov. 2020 After the Supreme Court decision, the local governments and advocacy groups documented other cases in which census takers were instructed to falsify information or cut corners in order to finish the count. Mike Schneider, Anchorage Daily News, "Census takers say they were told to enter false information," 8 Nov. 2020 There is not a large scale conspiracy effort to falsify the results of coronavirus tests. Adrienne Dunn, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Viral post that claims COVID-19 is a fraud cites no evidence," 9 Oct. 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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20 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Falsify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falsify. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for falsify

falsify

verb
How to pronounce falsify (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of falsify

: to make (something) false : to change (something) in order to make people believe something that is not true

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.
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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