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"counterfeit" in British English

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uk   /ˈkaʊn.tə.fɪt/ us   /ˈkaʊn.t̬ɚ.fɪt/
made to look like the original of something, usually for dishonest or illegal purposes: counterfeit jewellery/passports/coins

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noun [C] uk   us  
This watch may be a counterfeit, but it looks just like the original.
verb [T] uk   us  
Two women and a man have been convicted of counterfeiting $100 bills.
noun [C] uk   /ˈkaʊn.tə.fɪt.ər/ us   /ˈkaʊn.t̬ɚ.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/
copied exactly in order to make someone believe that the copy is the original: A lot of brand-name merchandise sold on the streets is counterfeit.
noun [C] us   /ˈkɑʊn·tərˌfɪt/
The bank said this $100 bill was a counterfeit.
verb [T] us   /ˈkɑʊn·tərˌfɪt/
They were accused of counterfeiting credit cards and selling them.
(Definition of counterfeit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"counterfeit" in Business English

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uk   /ˈkaʊntəfɪt/ us  
counterfeit money, goods, etc. are illegal copies of the real thing, made to deceive people: counterfeit bills/notes/software Counterfeit card fraud is a growing problem. At least 41% of the drugs in circulation were thought to be counterfeit.

counterfeitverb [T]

uk   /ˈkaʊntəfɪt/ us  
to make illegal copies of something such as bank notes, DVDs, or official documents: Criminals can empty bank accounts by accessing consumer PIN numbers and counterfeiting cards.

counterfeitnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkaʊntəfɪt/ us  
an illegal copy of something such as a bank note, DVD, or official document: 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 Vietnamese giả mạo, giả…
in Spanish falsificado, falso…
in Malaysian salinan, palsu…
in Thai ปลอม, ไม่ใช่ของจริง…
in French faux…
in German gefälscht…
in Chinese (Traditional) 僞造的, 仿造的, 假冒的…
in Russian поддельный, фальшивый…
in Turkish sahte, kalp, taklit…
in Chinese (Simplified) 伪造的, 仿造的, 假冒的…
in Indonesian palsu…
in Polish fałszywy…
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