Definition of “genuine” - English Dictionary

“genuine” in English

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uk /ˈdʒen.ju.ɪn/ us /ˈdʒen.ju.ɪn/

B2 If something is genuine, it is real and exactly what it appears to be:

genuine leather
If it is a genuine Michelangelo drawing, it will sell for millions.

C1 If people or emotions are genuine, they are honest and sincere:

He's a very genuine person.
Machiko looked at me with genuine surprise - "Are you really going?" she said.

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adverb uk /ˈdʒen.ju.ɪ us /ˈdʒen.ju.ɪ


B2 really:

I'm genuinely sorry for what I said.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈdʒen.ju.ɪn.nəs/ us /ˈdʒen.ju.ɪn.nəs/

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

“genuine” in American English

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us /ˈdʒen·ju·ən/

being what something or someone appears or claims to be; real, not false:

genuine leather
a genuine masterpiece
She showed genuine (= sincere) sorrow at the news.
noun [ U ] us /ˈdʒen·ju·ən·nəs/

No one doubts the genuineness of your concern.

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

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Do we not want to build a genuine political area that allows us to affirm and defend our principles and our values throughout the world?
The procedure for concluding an agreement generally instils a sense of genuine commitment to the objective in the party to that agreement.
There is some risk that genuine inventions which involve a software element would not be adequately protected without a new directive.
Genuine reform of fisheries policy is required, together with a totally different view of our relationship with poor countries and of what constitutes a sustainable use of our natural resources.
However, unless we are prepared to fight the terrorists politically and with genuine resolve, then the practical measures will come to nothing.
Moreover, this is also the only way of reconciling our citizens, whom we represent, in our own countries, with the need to receive genuine asylum seekers.
Indeed, genuine political activists tend to be reluctant to leave their country of origin because they feel they have a lot to do there.
We expect genuine action and investigation.
Nonetheless, it would be equally wrong for us to ignore the genuine concerns that prompt such responses in the first place.
Thirdly, we must begin a genuine period of reflection and debate, amongst the institutions and with the citizens, in order to seek solutions to the current crisis.

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