› not true or correct: It is an offense to give false information on your application form.
› made to look real, especially in order to deceive people: The wanted man is known to be travelling under an assumed name and with a false passport.
› based on wrong information or a wrong idea about someone or something: Many immigrant workers arrive with a false impression of western countries.
by or under false pretences › if you do or get something by or under false pretences, you do or get it dishonestly by telling lies: The official was convicted of obtaining property by false pretences. Two executives had gained access to their rival's business plan under false pretences.