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English definition of “false”

false

adjective (NOT TRUE)    /fɒls/ US  /fɑːls/
B1 disapproving not true, but made to seem true in order to deceive people: She was charged with giving false evidence in court. When she was stopped by the police for speeding, she gave them a false name and address. He assumed a false identity (= pretended he was someone else) in order to escape from the police.Faking and pretending under false pretences disapproving If you do something under false pretences, you lie about who you are, what you are doing, or what you intend to do, in order to get something: He was deported for entering the country under false pretences. If you're not going to offer me a job, then you've brought me here under false pretences (= you have deceived me in order to make me come here).Dishonest
(Definition of false adjective (NOT TRUE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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