From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfakefake1 /feɪk/ ●●○ noun [countable] 1 COPYa copy of a valuable object, painting etc that is intended to deceive people OPP original The painting was judged a fake. Jones can spot a fake from 20 feet away.2 FALSEsomeone who is not what they claim to be or does not have the skills they say they have Her psychologist turned out to be a fake.
Examples from the Corpusfake• Is the vase a genuine antique or a fake?• Three months after I bought it, a friend who works at the museum told me it was probably a fake.• The jury deliberated for only two hours on Wednesday before concluding that the tape made by Bailey was a fake.• It turned out her doctor was a fake.• Beware of fakes when buying antiques.• I trembled like a tuning fork, but my shoulder fakes absorbed the worst of the shaking.• Martin put a couple of slick fakes on cornerback Larry Brown, turning and twisting him every which way.• It is also through observation that fakes are unmasked.• Hugh Tait has taken the lead in trying to distinguish between fact and fiction when it comes to fakes and forgeries.• There was a second problem, which was fakes.fakefake2 ●●○ adjective [usually before noun] 1 FALSEmade to look like a real material or object in order to deceive people OPP genuine fake fur a fake ID card a fake 20 dollar bill► see thesaurus at artificial, false2 not real and seeming to be something it is not, in order to deceive people SYN false I gave a fake name. She was speaking with a fake German accent. a fake smile of friendliness
Examples from the Corpusfake• The defense said the photos were fake.• His I.D. is obviously fake.• Doyle said no witnesses reported seeing anyone leave the fake bombs.• Just as there are fake credit cards and mix-ups over billing, there could be problems with Internet certificates.• Proof that fake Dalís are circulating and fears of further problems could continue to undermine confidence in this market.• a fake driver's license• a fake fur coat• Her coat had a fake fur collar and cuffs.• Until my first New York winter rain, when the fake fur matted around my neck, wrists and knees.• You can buy fake Gucci bags all over the city.• Whitehorn pleaded guilty to possession of equipment to make fake identification documents.• He says that the only way you can tell they're fake, is to look at the stitching on the labels.• Vintage Steve Douglas pushing the limits of the fake ollie at the Whiplash comp. 1985.• Some also alter the painted registration number on the car to match the fake plates.• a fake police officer• They were selling fake Rolex watches on the market stall.fakefake3 verb 1 [transitive]COPY to make something seem real in order to deceive people She faked her father’s signature on the cheque. The insurance company suspected that he had faked his own death. The results of the experiments were faked.2 [intransitive, transitive]PRETEND to pretend to be ill, interested etc when you are not I thought he was really hurt but he was faking it.3 [intransitive, transitive]PRETEND to pretend to move in one direction, but then move in another, especially when playing sport He faked a pass. → fake somebody ↔ out→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusfake• Hard to say, but Jane wasn't faking.• Favre had faked a handoff to Edgar Bennett, then slipped as he looked for a receiver.• Elway faked a pass and ran with the ball.• Singer Fairlie Arrow was fined £10,000 for faking a two-day abduction to boost her ailing career.• They can't be faked by simply changing your motion, or anything like that.• He faked his grandfather's signature on the check.• The bag had been faked out.• But he kept his balance, bounced to the right, broke a tackle, faked two defenders and raced 32 yards.• The collector will know that it is faked up in the style of an earlier period.faking it• It was something I felt driven to do - even if most of the time I felt that I was just faking it.• I spent ten years faking it, and hating it, and it didn't get me anywhere.• Ordark thought-are they just faking it like I am?From Longman Business Dictionaryfakefake1 /feɪk/ adjective made to look like something valuable or GENUINE (=real) in order to deceive peoplefake Rolex watchesThree bank employees had issued fake certificates for collateral on loans.fakefake2 noun [countable]LAW a copy of an original document, valuable object etc that is intended to deceive people into believing it is the real document, object etcThe signature on the contract proved to be a fake.fakefake3 verb [transitive] informal to make an exact copy of something, or invent figures or results, in order to deceive peopleShe had faked her boss’s signature on the cheque.→ See Verb tableOrigin fake3 (1700-1800) Probably from German fegen “to sweep, polish”