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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The media reported that falsifying a government weather report is a federal crime. Anchorage Daily News, "‘This isn’t just a stupid story, it’s a big story’: An oral history of Sharpiegate," 14 Sep. 2019 To hold companies accountable, the state must also instigate high penalties for failing to disclose or falsifying this information. Ma Jun, Time, "How China Can Truly Lead the Fight Against Climate Change," 12 Sep. 2019 In addition to ship-to-ship transfers, the two Syrian vessels were accused of disabling their GPS and AIS location systems, changing the names of their vessels and falsifying cargo and vessel documents. Fox News, "Tanker carrying Iranian oil headed to Syria: intelligence sources," 21 Aug. 2019 Brewer solicited an individual to invest more than $1 million dollars by sending the victim falsified bank statements, tax returns, and other financial documents to inflate the financial success of the company. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "After receiving $9 million, Winter Park man pleads guilty to money laundering and fraud," 5 Aug. 2019 Williams-Bolar refused when officials asked her to pay $30,000 in back tuition, and she was convicted of falsifying residency records. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Homeless Mom Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Using Friend's Address to Enroll Son in School," 15 Sep. 2019 Jackson also is suspected of falsifying department citations and worksheets. Nicole Soto, USA TODAY, "Arizona state trooper arrested on 61 counts of sex abuse, kidnapping and harassment," 11 Sep. 2019 Krickovich, 29, is charged with five misdemeanors: three counts of falsifying public records and two counts of battery. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, "Deputy in teen beating case goes to court," 29 July 2019 Prosecutors also claim the Chrisleys used their production company, 7 C Production, to hide their reality TV income from the IRS, and allege that Todd directed an employee to falsify income and asset documents. Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, "Todd and Julie Chrisley, The Situation and More Reality Stars Who've Faced Jail Time," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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