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"counterfeit" in British English

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counterfeitadjective

uk   /ˈkaʊn.tə.fɪt/  us   /-t̬ɚ-/
made to ​look like the ​original of something, usually for ​dishonest or ​illegalpurposes: counterfeit ​jewellery/​passports/​coins
counterfeit
noun [C] uk   us  
This ​watch may be a counterfeit, but it ​looks just like the ​original.
counterfeit
verb [T] uk   us  
Two women and a man have been ​convicted of counterfeiting $100 ​bills.
counterfeiter
noun [C] uk   /-ˌfɪt.ər/  us   /-fɪt̬.ɚ/
(Definition of counterfeit from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"counterfeit" in American English

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counterfeitadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈkɑʊn·tərˌfɪt/
copiedexactly in ​order to make someone ​believe that the ​copy is the ​original: A lot of brand-name ​merchandisesold on the ​streets is counterfeit.
counterfeit
noun [C]  us   /ˈkɑʊn·tərˌfɪt/
The ​bank said this $100 ​bill was a counterfeit.
counterfeit
verb [T]  us   /ˈkɑʊn·tərˌfɪt/
They were ​accused of counterfeiting ​creditcards and ​selling them.
(Definition of counterfeit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"counterfeit" in Business English

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counterfeitadjective

uk   us   /ˈkaʊntəfɪt/
counterfeit ​money, ​goods, etc. are ​illegalcopies of the ​real thing, made to ​deceivepeople: counterfeit ​bills/​notes/​software Counterfeit ​cardfraud is a ​growing problem. At least 41% of the ​drugs in ​circulation were ​thought to be counterfeit.

counterfeitverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈkaʊntəfɪt/
to make ​illegalcopies of something such as ​banknotes, ​DVDs, or ​officialdocuments: Criminals can empty ​bankaccounts by ​accessingconsumerPINnumbers and counterfeiting ​cards.

counterfeitnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkaʊntəfɪt/
an ​illegalcopy of something such as a ​banknote, ​DVD, or ​officialdocument: Many of the watches ​sold on the ​market are counterfeits.
(Definition of counterfeit from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “counterfeit”
in Spanish falsificado, falso…
in Vietnamese giả mạo, giả…
in Malaysian salinan, palsu…
in Thai ปลอม, ไม่ใช่ของจริง…
in French faux…
in German gefälscht…
in Chinese (Simplified) 伪造的, 仿造的, 假冒的…
in Turkish sahte, kalp, taklit…
in Russian поддельный, фальшивый…
in Indonesian palsu…
in Chinese (Traditional) 僞造的, 仿造的, 假冒的…
in Polish fałszywy…
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