Fake meaning

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Having a false or misleading appearance; fraudulent.
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(music) To improvise (a passage).
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The definition of fake is someone or something that is not genuine.

An example of fake is a description for a knock-off designer purse.

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To fake means to create a false impression, to lie and pretend to be something you aren't, or to create a knock-off or impersonation.

An example of fake is when you pretend to be sick when you aren't.

An example of fake is when you pretend to be competent at a task you can't do.

An example of fake is when you forge a signature.

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(sports) To perform a fake.
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(sports) A brief feint or aborted change of direction intended to mislead one's opponent or the opposing team.
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To contrive and present as genuine; counterfeit.

Fake a signature.

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To simulate; feign.

Faked his death so his wife would collect insurance money.

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(sports) To deceive (an opponent) with a fake. Often used with out.
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To engage in feigning, simulation, or other deceptive activity.
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One loop or winding of a coiled rope or cable.
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To coil (a rope or cable).
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To improvise.
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Anything or anyone not genuine; fraud; counterfeit.
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(informal) A deceptive act, movement, etc.
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Fraudulent; not genuine; sham; false.
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Artificial; not real; specif., made of synthetic fibers, to resemble animal fur.

Fake fur.

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(naut.) To lay out (a line) in long, parallel, partly overlapping lengths so that it will run out freely without kinking.
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Not real; false, fraudulent.

Which fur coat looks fake?

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Something which is not genuine, or is presented fraudulently.
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(soccer) Move meant to deceive an opposing player, used for gaining advantage when dribbling an opponent.
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To cheat; to swindle; to steal; to rob.
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To make; to construct; to do.
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To modify fraudulently, so as to make an object appear better or other than it really is; as, to fake a bulldog, by burning his upper lip and thus artificially shortening it.
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To make a counterfeit, to counterfeit, to forge, to falsify.
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To make a false display of, to affect, to feign, to simulate.
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(nautical) One of the circles or windings of a cable or hawser, as it lies in a coil; a single turn or coil.
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(nautical) To coil (a rope, line, or hawser), by winding alternately in opposite directions, in layers usually of zigzag or figure of eight form, to prevent twisting when running out.
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Fake is defined as a knock-off, or someone or something that isn't what it appears to be.

An example of a fake is a knock-off designer bag.

An example of a fake is a person who is phony and who pretends to be nice when really he is not.

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One that is not authentic or genuine; a sham.
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fake out
  • to deceive or outmaneuver as by a feint, bluff, or deceptive act
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of fake

  • From earlier slang to do, rob, tamper with from earlier feak to beat feague to beat, set moving, cause (a horse) to hold its tail high by artificial means, fake (as in feager one using false documents) perhaps from German fegen to sweep, move briskly, torment or Dutch vegen to sweep

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English faken to coil a rope

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The origin is not known with certainty, although first attested in 1775 CE in British criminals' slang . It is probably from feak, feague, "to give a better appearance through artificial means"; akin to D veeg a slap, vegen to sweep, wipe; German fegen, "to sweep", "to polish", compare Old English fācn, fācen (“deceit, fraud”). Perhaps related to Old Norse fjuka (“fade, vanquish, disappear”), feikn (“strange, scary, unnatural”) and Albanian fik (“put out, vanquish, disappear”)

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English faken, to coil a rope.

    From Wiktionary