Definition of “hoax” - English Dictionary

“hoax” in American English

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hoaxnoun [ C ]

us /hoʊks/

a plan to deceive a large group of people; a trick:

It is a cruel hoax, she said, to encourage people to think they have a real chance to win the lottery.

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

“hoax” in Business English

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hoaxverb [ T ]

uk /həʊks/ us

to deceive someone, especially by playing a trick on them:

A fake website was set up and a number of people were hoaxed.
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hoaxnoun [ C ]

uk /həʊks/ us

a trick or something else that is intended to deceive someone:

A hoax led thousands to donate to a fake charity.
a cruel/elaborate hoax

(Definition of “hoax” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)