Meaning of “forgery” in the English Dictionary

"forgery" in British English

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forgerynoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈfɔː.dʒər.i/ us /ˈfɔːr.dʒɚ.i/

C2 an illegal copy of a document, painting, etc. or the crime of making such illegal copies:

These banknotes are forgeries.
He increased his income by forgery.

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(Definition of “forgery” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"forgery" in American English

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forgerynoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈfɔr·dʒə·ri, ˈfoʊr-/

an illegal copy of a document, painting, etc., or the crime of making such copies:

[ C ] These twenty-dollar bills are forgeries.
[ U ] He was convicted of forgery.

(Definition of “forgery” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"forgery" in Business English

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forgerynoun

uk /ˈfɔːdʒəri/ us LAW

[ C ] plural forgeries a copy of a document, signature, painting, etc. that has been made illegally in order to deceive someone:

As recommended, he called the bank to confirm that the bankers' draft was not a forgery.
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[ U ] the crime of illegally copying something in order to deceive someone:

He is facing charges of grand theft by embezzlement and forgery.

(Definition of “forgery” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)