Meaning of “counterfeit” in the English Dictionary

"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:

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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)