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 kept falling off his bike.
She made fun of him by mocking his limp.

to make something appear stupid or not effective:

The wind mocked their attempts to reach the shore by pushing the boat further and further out to sea.

Phrasal verb(s)

mockadjective [ before noun ]

uk /mɒk/ us /mɑːk/

mocknoun [ C ]

uk /mɒk/ us /mɑːk/ UK

an exam taken at school for practice before a real exam:

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)

"mock" in American English

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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 people laugh, or to try to make someone or something seem foolish or ridiculous:

Some of the boys in the dorm loved to mock Roger’s British accent.

mockadjective [ not gradable ]

us /mɑk/

mock adjective [ not gradable ] (ARTIFICIAL)

intended to seem real; 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)