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English adjective: fake

1. fake fraudulent; having a misleading appearance

Synonymsbastard, bogus, phoney, phony

Similarcounterfeit, imitative

Antonymsecht, genuine

2. fake not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article

SamplesIt isn't fake anything; it's real synthetic fur.
Faux pearls.
False teeth.
Decorated with imitation palm leaves.
A purse of simulated alligator hide.

Synonymsfalse, faux, imitation, simulated

Similarartificial, unreal


English noun: fake

1. fake (artifact) something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be

Synonymspostiche, sham

Broader (hypernym)imitation

Narrower (hyponym)fake book, Potemkin village

2. fake (person) a person who makes deceitful pretenses

Synonymsfaker, fraud, imposter, impostor, pretender, pseud, pseudo, role player, sham, shammer

Broader (hypernym)beguiler, cheat, cheater, deceiver, slicker, trickster

Narrower (hyponym)name dropper, ringer

3. fake (act) (football) a deceptive move made by a football player


Broader (hypernym)feint

Domain categoryfootball, football game

English verb: fake

1. fake (creation) make a copy of with the intent to deceive

SamplesHe faked the signature.
They counterfeited dollar bills.
She forged a Green Card.

Synonymscounterfeit, forge

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)re-create

2. fake (social) tamper, with the purpose of deception

SamplesFudge the figures.
Cook the books.
Falsify the data.

Synonymscook, falsify, fudge, manipulate, misrepresent, wangle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cheat, chisel

Narrower (hyponym)juggle

3. fake (communication) speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths

SamplesThe politician was not well prepared for the debate and faked it.

Synonymsbull, bullshit, talk through one's hat

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s on something

Broader (hypernym)affect, dissemble, feign, pretend, sham

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