- 1Not genuine; imitation or counterfeit: she got on the plane with a fake passport a fake Cockney accentMore example sentences
counterfeit, forged, fraudulent, sham, imitation, false, bogus, spurious, pseudo; worthless, invalidartificial, synthetic, simulated, reproduction, replica, ersatz, plastic, man-made, dummy, false, mock, sham, bogus, so-called
- 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.
- 1.1(Of a person) claiming to be something that one is not: a fake doctorMore 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.
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- 1A thing that is not genuine; a forgery or sham: fakes of Old MastersMore 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 falsely claims to be something: I felt sure that some of the nuns were fakesMore 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.
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- 1Forge or counterfeit (something): she faked her spouse’s signatureMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Pretend to feel or have (an emotion, illness, or injury): Rob faked suspicion, a jealous concernMore 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.
- 1.2Make (an event) appear to happen: he faked his own deathMore 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!
- 1.3 (fake someone out) North American • informal Trick or deceive someone.More example sentences
- Then he opens his empty hand and smiles at me, and I say, ‘You faked me out!’
- He may be able to fake you out to some extent, but there's no way he could know all the details.
- He always had a habit of going down on one knee to block shots, so I thought I could fake him out of position.
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- 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.
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- 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.
late 18th century (originally slang): origin uncertain; perhaps ultimately related to German fegen 'sweep, thrash'. Compare with fig2.