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fake

noun [C]  /feɪk/ us  

fake noun [C] (COPY)

something that is intended to look like and be mistaken for something else, esp. a copy made in order to deceive: She discovered that the documents were fakes.

fake

verb  /feɪk/ us  

fake verb (PRETEND)

[I/T] to pretend: [I] He isn’t really crying, he’s just faking.

fake verb (MAKE COPY)

[T] to make something look like something else, esp. in order to deceive: She faked her mother’s signature on the permission form.

fake

adjective  /feɪk/ us  

fake adjective (NOT REAL)

intended to look like something else, esp. in order to deceive: He was caught with a fake passport. “Is that a real fur coat?” “No, it’s fake.”
Translations of “fake”
in Korean 가짜의…
in Arabic مُزيّف…
in French faux, imposteur…
in Turkish sahte, taklit…
in Italian falso…
in Chinese (Traditional) 贗品, 假貨, 冒充者…
in Russian фальшивый, искусственный…
in Polish sztuczny, fałszywy…
in Spanish falsificación, impostor…
in Portuguese falso…
in German die Fälschung, der Schwindler…
in Catalan fals…
in Japanese にせものの…
in Chinese (Simplified) 赝品, 假货, 冒充者…
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