- 1[transitive] fake something to make something false appear to be genuine, especially in order to cheat somebody She faked her mother's signature on the document. He arranged the accident in order to fake his own death.
- 2[transitive, intransitive] fake (something) to pretend to have a particular feeling, illness, etc. She's not really sick—she's just faking it. He faked a yawn. Word Origin late 18th cent. (originally slang): origin uncertain; perhaps ultimately related to German fegen
BrE BrE//feɪk//; NAmE NAmE//feɪk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fake
BrE BrE//feɪk//; NAmE NAmE//feɪk//he / she / it fakes
BrE BrE//feɪks//; NAmE NAmE//feɪks//past simple faked
BrE BrE//feɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//feɪkt//past participle faked
BrE BrE//feɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//feɪkt//-ing form faking
BrE BrE//ˈfeɪkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪkɪŋ//