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fake

noun [C] uk   us   /feɪk/
C2 an object that is made to look real or valuable in order to deceive people: 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.

fake

adjective uk   us   /feɪk/
C1 not real, but made to look or seem real: He was charged with possessing a fake passport. fake fur/blood disapproving showing or pretending to feel emotions that are not sincere: a fake smile/laugh She's so fake, pretending to be everybody's friend.

fake

verb 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 heart attack and persuaded prison staff to take him to hospital. He isn't really crying, he's just faking.

fake verb (OBJECT)

C2 [T] to make an object look real or valuable in order to deceive people: to fake a document/signature
faker
noun [C] uk   /ˈfeɪ.kər/  us   /-kɚ/
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