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fake1

Syllabification: fake
Pronunciation: /fāk
 
/

noun

1A thing that is not genuine; a forgery or sham: the painting was a fake
More example sentences
  • Most of us are aware that there are such things as fakes, forgeries, copies and reproductions.
  • In addition to finding counterfeits, fakes and forgeries, they also find individuals using artists' names to generate sales.
  • The obscenely high price of mahogany woods and precious metals prevented counterfeiters from producing fakes, the profit of such operations being next to nil.
1.1A person who appears or claims to be something that they are not.
Example sentences
  • Many thought that he was a fake, merely claiming to be the prince to gain power.
  • I am sad when I think of the original Santaji, they must have killed him or kidnapped him or hidden him somewhere and all of these fakes are going around claiming to be him.
  • She was immediately labelled a fake, but Lavigne never claimed to be a pop rebel - she was just an ordinary girl from Napanee, Ontario.
1.2A pretense or trick: his excuse for coming was a fake
More example sentences
  • There's nothing more frightening to NHL goalies than Pavel Bure bearing down on them at full tilt with his bag of shots, tricks, and fakes.
  • If only we were confident enough to admit to our fakes, fibs and cheats.

adjective

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1Not genuine; counterfeit: fake designer clothing expressing fake emotions
More example sentences
  • In Japan, counterfeiters are circulating fake bills that cost more to make than their face value.
  • You don't have to bow to peer pressure and get fake designer handbag.
  • As a Christian, I accept as a basic premise of our faith that men are liars and many claims of levitation are fake.
Synonyms
counterfeit, forged, fraudulent, sham, imitation, pirate(d), false, bogus;
invalid, inauthentic
informal phony, dud
imitation, artificial, synthetic, simulated, reproduction, replica, ersatz, faux, man-made, dummy, false, mock, bogus
informal pretend, phony, pseudo
1.1(Of a person) claiming to be something that one is not: a fake doctor
More example sentences
  • He cautioned people, particularly those from outside Hyderabad, to be wary of fake doctors claiming to administer the fish medicine.
  • It would be months before the doctor crossed paths with the fake lawyer Goldstein.
  • Just two weeks ago, Columbia got in trouble for manufacturing a fake movie critic, and now they have been caught manufacturing fake audience members.

verb

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1Forge or counterfeit (something): the woman faked her spouse’s signature
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  • Designed when the Net was small, they allow spammers to cover their tracks by forging headers, faking domain names, and bouncing e-mails off servers across the globe.
  • Chinese counterfeiters, in one instance, have faked an American company's entire product line, right down to its Web site.
  • I'm tired of explaining myself, of being told I'm this, I'm that, faking a persona, assuming another name, another identity.
Synonyms
forge, counterfeit, falsify, mock up, copy, pirate, reproduce, replicate;
doctor, alter, tamper with
1.1Pretend to feel or suffer from (an emotion or illness): he had begun to fake a bad stomachache
More example sentences
  • It was always about pretending, and faking, and concealing feelings.
  • Turkey is outraged as a top player faces £1,000 fine for faking injury.
  • There are clearly ways in which the law could be tightened to prevent offenders, at least within Australia, from making a joke of the criminal justice system by faking or exaggerating illness.
Synonyms
feigned, faked, put-on, assumed, invented, affected, pseudo;
unconvincing, artificial, mock, unnatural, contrived
informal phony
1.2Make (an event) appear to happen: he faked his own death
More example sentences
  • Jim had faked his death by appearing to drown off the coast of Miami, knowing his death would be reported and that his wife would make a claim on his life assurance policy.
  • The second features how-to instructions for faking one's death using various roots & berries.
  • Only his death will be faked, and word will be sent that he died at the claws of a vicious sand dragon!
1.3Accomplish (a task) by improvising: all the experts agree that you can’t fake it
More example sentences
  • If not, you'll need to learn how to fake being rich.
  • Even when you watch news shows, they fake the script.
  • If it's so easy to fake being an American citizen, why go to all that trouble to fingerprint and photograph foreigners at airports?
1.4 Music Improvise: he fakes the melody line of a standard tune

Origin

late 18th century (as an adjective; originally slang): origin uncertain; perhaps ultimately related to German fegen 'sweep, thrash'. Compare with fig2.

Derivatives

faker

1
noun
Example sentences
  • For years fakers and charlatans have cheated the gullible out of their money.
  • We get to live the life of someone with special powers; it is presented as just another occupation, although with a higher than normal quota of charlatans and fakers.
  • Some fakers are compulsive liars who convince themselves of the truth of their own stories.

fakery

2
Pronunciation: /ˈfākərē/
noun
Example sentences
  • When you take your laptop to the neighborhood coffee shop you can't help but feeling like a wretched poseur because the very act of taking a laptop to a coffee shop is completely redolent of conspicuous artiness and flat-out fakery.
  • It's a part of it and to deny that would have been fakery.
  • A young man and would-be dancer who comes to New York from small-town Ohio and is bewildered by the city's intensity and fakery, and rediscovers his passion in a tragic act of self-destruction.

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There are 2 main definitions of fake in English:

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fake2

Syllabification: fake
Pronunciation: /fāk
 
/

noun& verb

Variant spelling of flake4.

Origin

late Middle English (as a verb): of unknown origin.

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