Definition of fake adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//feɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//feɪk//
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  1. 1(disapproving) not genuine; appearing to be something it is not synonym counterfeit fake designer clothing a fake American accent See related entries: Dishonest
  2. 2made to look like something else synonym imitation a jacket in fake fur Don't go out in the sun—get a fake tan from a bottle. Synonymsartificialsynthetic false man-made fake imitationThese words all describe things that are not real, or not naturally produced or grown.artificial made or produced to copy something natural; not real:artificial flowers artificial lightsynthetic made by combining chemical substances rather than being produced naturally by plants or animals:synthetic drugs shoes with synthetic solesfalse not natural:false teeth a false beard man-made made by people; not natural:man-made fibres such as nylonfake made to look like something else; not real:a fake-fur jacketimitation [only before noun] made to look like something else; not real:She would never wear imitation pearls.Patterns artificial/​synthetic/​man-made fabrics/​fibres/​materials/​products artificial/​synthetic/​fake/​imitation fur/​leather artificial/​synthetic/​false/​fake/​imitation diamonds/​pearls
  3. Word Originlate 18th cent. (originally slang): origin uncertain; perhaps ultimately related to German fegen ‘sweep, thrash’. Extra examplesThe caller appeared to have a fake American accent. There were a few stalls selling fake designer clothing. We sprayed fake snow over the trees to make it look like winter. a fake fur jacket
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