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"fake" in British English

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fakenoun [C]

uk   /feɪk/ us   /feɪk/
C2 an object that is made to look real or valuable in order to deceive people: Experts revealed that the painting was a fake. The gun in his hand was a fake.
C2 someone who is not what or who they claim to be: After working for ten years as a doctor, he was exposed as a fake.

fakeadjective

uk   /feɪk/ us   /feɪk/

fakeverb

uk   /feɪk/ us   /feɪk/
  • fake verb (FEELING/ILLNESS)

C2 [I or T] to pretend that you have a feeling or illness: to fake surprise to fake an orgasm She didn't want to go out, so she faked a headache. He faked a heart attack and persuaded prison staff to take him to hospital. He isn't really crying, he's just faking.
faker
noun [C] uk   /ˈfeɪ.kər/ us   /ˈfeɪ.kɚ/
(Definition of fake from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fake" in American English

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fakenoun [C]

us   /feɪk/
  • fake noun [C] (COPY)

something that is intended to look like and be mistaken for something else, esp. a copy made in order to deceive: She discovered that the documents were fakes.

fakeverb

us   /feɪk/
  • fake verb (PRETEND)

[I/T] to pretend: [I] He isn’t really crying, he’s just faking.
  • fake verb (MAKE COPY)

[T] to make something look like something else, esp. in order to deceive: She faked her mother’s signature on the permission form.

fakeadjective

us   /feɪk/
  • fake adjective (NOT REAL)

intended to look like something else, esp. in order to deceive: He was caught with a fake passport. “Is that a real fur coat?” “No, it’s fake.”
(Definition of fake from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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