Definition of “fake” - English Dictionary

“fake” in British English

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fakenoun [ C ]

uk /feɪk/ 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.

fakeadjective

uk /feɪk/ us /feɪk/

fakeverb

uk /feɪk/ 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.
faker
noun [ C ] uk /ˈfeɪ.kər/ us /ˈfeɪ.kɚ/

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

“fake” in American English

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fakenoun [ C ]

us /feɪk/

fake noun [ C ] (COPY)

something that is intended to look like and be mistaken for something else, esp. a copy made in order to deceive:

She discovered that the documents were fakes.

fakeverb

us /feɪk/

fake verb (PRETEND)

[ I/T ] to pretend:

[ I ] He isn’t really crying, he’s just faking.

fake verb (MAKE COPY)

[ T ] to make something look like something else, esp. in order to deceive:

She faked her mother’s signature on the permission form.

fakeadjective

us /feɪk/

fake adjective (NOT REAL)

intended to look like something else, esp. in order to deceive:

He was caught with a fake passport.
“Is that a real fur coat?” “No, it’s fake.”

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