: formed by pressing or hammering with or without heat
especially : made into a desired shape by heating and hammering
forged blades
a cold forged sword
: made falsely especially with intent to deceive
forged signatures
a forged document

Examples of forged in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Racine County District Attorney Patricia Hanson told WISN 12 her office is investigating 27 complaints alleging forged signatures. Journal Sentinel, 19 Mar. 2024 Using forged documents, Herrling had sold the house out from under Tascon for $1.5 million. Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2024 The charge, which involves using a forged document with intent to defraud, is a third-degree felony carrying a penalty of up to five years in prison. Lawrence Mower, Miami Herald, 1 Mar. 2024 Token’s site also has ties to an online marketplace for forged passports, utility bills and other documents used in identity thefts. John Hyatt, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 One such ploy was to obtain a forged Paraguayan passport. Diane Cole, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2023 Not even the artist himself could have imagined the scale of the fraud, which in both the number of forged paintings and the profits made from their sale was likely the biggest art fraud in history—not in Canada or North America but anywhere in the world. Jordan Michael Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Feb. 2024 More:Suspects in robbery ring that targeted Milwaukee-area postal workers now charged with racketeering Jackson admitted to fraudulently submitting a forged bank statement during this proceeding to hide a $40,000 transfer to Jackson’s successor business, Center of Care LLC. Chris Ramirez, Journal Sentinel, 7 Feb. 2024 This pendant light is metal forged and features two arms that extend 40 inches wide, inviting eyes to move across the room. Maria Conti, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Sep. 2023

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Word History


Middle English, from present participle of forgen "to forge entry 2"

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of forged was in the 15th century

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“Forged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forged. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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