Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “false”

See all translations

false

adjective [not gradable]  /fɔls/ us  

false adjective [not gradable] (NOT REAL)

(of things) not real, but made to look real, or (of information) not true but made to seem true in order to deceive: Haban used false identification to enter France. The company presented clients with documents containing false information.

false adjective [not gradable] (NOT CORRECT)

not correct or true: "Three plus three is seven. True or false?" "False." Note: said about information or an idea

false adjective [not gradable] (NOT SINCERE)

(of people or their manner) dishonest or not sincere: “I think of myself as great,” said Tyler, abandoning false modesty.
falsely
adverb [not gradable]  /ˈfɔls·li/ us  
She was falsely accused of shoplifting.
falsify
verb [T]  /ˈfɔl·səˌfɑɪ/ us  
She falsified the accounting records.
falsity
noun [U]  /ˈfɔl·sɪ·t̬i/ ( also falseness,  /ˈfɔl·snəs/) us  
fml We’re trying to determine the truth or falsity of your previous statement.
(Definition of false from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of false?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “false”

Definitions of “false” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

make believe

believing or imagining things that appear to be attractive or exciting, but are not real

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More