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counterfeit

adjective     /ˈkaʊn.tə.fɪt/ US  /-t̬ɚ-/
made to look like the original of something, usually for dishonest or illegal purposes: counterfeit jewellery/passports/coinsForgeryCopying and copiesCopying and copiesForgeryTrue, real, false, and unreal counterfeit     noun [C] This watch may be a counterfeit, but it looks just like the original.ForgeryCopying and copiesCopying and copiesForgery counterfeit     verb [T] Two women and a man have been convicted of counterfeiting $100 bills.ForgeryCopying and copiesCopying and copiesForgery counterfeiter     /-ˌfɪt.ər/ US  /-fɪt̬.ɚ/ noun [C] Miscellaneous criminals
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