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"fake" in British English

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fakenoun [C]

uk   us   /feɪk/
C2 an ​object that is made to ​lookreal or ​valuable in ​order to ​deceivepeople: 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   us   /feɪk/
C1 not ​real, but made to ​look or ​seemreal: He was ​charged with ​possessing a fake ​passport. fake ​fur/​blood disapproving showing or ​pretending to ​feelemotions that are not ​sincere: a fake smile/​laugh She's so fake, ​pretending to be everybody's ​friend.

fakeverb

uk   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 ​heartattack and ​persuadedprisonstaff to take him to ​hospital. He isn't really ​crying, he's just faking.

fake verb (OBJECT)

C2 [T] to make an ​objectlookreal or ​valuable in ​order to ​deceivepeople: to fake a ​document/​signature
faker
noun [C] uk   /ˈfeɪ.kər/  us   /-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 ​permissionform.

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 ​realfurcoat?” “No, it’s fake.”
(Definition of fake from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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