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Meaning of “mock” in the English Dictionary

"mock" in British English

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mockverb [T]

uk   /mɒk/  us   /mɑːk/
formal to ​laugh at someone, often by ​copying them in a ​funny but ​unkind way: They were mocking him because he ​keptfalling off his ​bike. She made ​fun of him by mocking his ​limp. to make something ​appearstupid or not ​effective: The ​wind mocked ​theirattempts to ​reach the ​shore by ​pushing the ​boatfurther and ​further out to ​sea.
Phrasal verbs

mockadjective [before noun]

uk   /mɒk/  us   /mɑːk/

mocknoun [C]

uk   /mɒk/  us   /mɑːk/ UK
an ​exam taken at ​school for ​practice before a ​realexam: You will have ​your mocks during the first two ​weeks of ​March.
(Definition of mock from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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mockverb [T]

 us   /mɑk/
  • mock verb [T] (INSULT)

to ​copy someone or a ​characteristic of someone in an ​amusing but ​unkind way that makes other ​peoplelaugh, or to ​try to make someone or something ​seemfoolish or ​ridiculous: Some of the ​boys in the ​dormloved to mock Roger’s British ​accent.

mockadjective [not gradable]

 us   /mɑk/
intended to ​seemreal; ​artificial or ​pretended: She gave a little ​scream in mock ​surprise when she ​opened the ​door and ​saw us.
(Definition of mock from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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