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Meaning of “hoax” in the English Dictionary

"hoax" in British English

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hoaxnoun [C]

uk   /həʊks/  us   /hoʊks/
a ​plan to ​deceive someone, such as ​telling the ​police there is a ​bombsomewhere when there is not one, or a ​trick: The ​bombthreatturned out to be a hoax. He'd made a hoax callclaiming to be the ​president.

hoaxverb [T]

uk   /həʊks/  us   /hoʊks/
to ​deceive, ​especially by ​playing a ​trick on someone
hoaxer
noun [C] uk   /ˈhəʊk.sər/  us   /ˈhoʊk.sɚ/
(Definition of hoax from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hoax" in American English

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hoaxnoun [C]

 us   /hoʊks/
a ​plan to ​deceive a ​largegroup of ​people; a ​trick: It is a ​cruel hoax, she said, to ​encouragepeople to ​think they have a ​realchance to ​win the ​lottery.
(Definition of hoax from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hoax" in Business English

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hoaxverb [T]

uk   us   /həʊks/
to ​deceive someone, especially by playing a trick on them: A fake ​website was set up and a ​number of ​people were hoaxed.
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hoaxnoun [C]

uk   us   /həʊks/
a trick or something else that is intended to ​deceive someone: A hoax ​led thousands to ​donate to a fake ​charity. a cruel/elaborate hoax
(Definition of hoax from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “hoax”
in Spanish trampa, engaño, broma pesada…
in Vietnamese trò chơi khăm…
in Malaysian tipu helah…
in Thai การหลอกลวง…
in French tour…
in German die Falschmeldung…
in Chinese (Simplified) 恶作剧,骗局…
in Turkish muziplik, oyun, şaka…
in Russian надувательство, ложная тревога…
in Indonesian tipuan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 惡作劇,騙局…
in Polish żart…
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