- prepare or make (something specious, deceptive, or fraudulent): to fake a report showing nonexistent profits.
- to conceal the defects of or make appear more attractive, interesting, valuable, etc., usually in order to deceive: The story was faked a bit to make it more sensational.
- to pretend; simulate: to fake illness.
- to accomplish by trial and error or by improvising: I don't know the job, but I can fake it.
- to trick or deceive (an opponent) by making a fake (often followed by out): The running back faked out the defender with a deft move and scored.
- to improvise: to fake an accompaniment.
- to play (music) without reading from a score.
- to fake something; pretend.
- to give a fake to an opponent.
- anything made to appear otherwise than it actually is; counterfeit: This diamond necklace is a fake.
- a person who fakes; faker: The doctor with the reputed cure for cancer proved to be a fake.
- a spurious report or story.
- Sports. a simulated play or move intended to deceive an opponent.
- designed to deceive or cheat; not real; counterfeit.
- fake out, Slang.
- to trick; deceive: She faked me out by acting friendly and then stole my job.
- to surprise, as by a sudden reversal: They thought we weren't coming back, but we faked them out by showing up during dinner.
Origin of fake1
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- to lay (a rope) in a coil or series of long loops so as to allow to run freely without fouling or kinking (often followed by down).
- any complete turn of a rope that has been faked down.
- any of the various ways in which a rope may be faked down.
Origin of fake2
Examples from the Web for faked
Schwarzkogler faked the 1969 film of his self-castration, and fell, perhaps accidentally, from a window three years later.The Life and Art of Radical Provocateur—and Commune Leader—Otto Muehl
September 22, 2014
He knows about those executions, some of them real, a few of them faked, only too well.A Torture Survivor on Ukraine's Tortured Ceasefire
September 11, 2014
The photograph looks as if some parts of it may have been faked, but the sentiment is genuine enough.ISIS’s Black Flags Are Flying in Europe
Nadette De Visser
July 28, 2014
Howe faked the shot to Worsley's left, and Worsley went down on the ice to that side.Gordie Howe Hockey’s Greatest War Horse
May 31, 2014
Her death is faked by means of a drug that slows her heart to near-death slowness.Scandal’s Finale Featured One of the Most Preposterous TV Deaths Ever
April 19, 2014
Give me some evidence that they were faked, and I'll be happy to reinspect your views.The Cuckoo Clock
Suppose you assume one per cent of them are faked, that would be seventy.
What's to prevent them running the faked props to the firm who plants the brandy?
Its balance sheets are faked, its reserves are non-existent.The Green Rust
Besides, he can't have faked the terms, and that's the only document that counts.The Devil's Paw
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- (tr) to cause (something inferior or not genuine) to appear more valuable, desirable, or real by fraud or pretence
- to pretend to have (an illness, emotion, etc)to fake a headache
- to improvise (music, stage dialogue, etc)
- an object, person, or act that is not genuine; sham, counterfeit, or forgery
- not genuine; spurious
- (tr usually foll by down) to coil (a rope) on deck
- one round of a coil of rope
Word Origin and History for faked
attested in London criminal slang as adjective (1775), verb (1812), and noun (1851, of persons 1888), but probably older. A likely source is feague "to spruce up by artificial means," from German fegen "polish, sweep," also "to clear out, plunder" in colloquial use. "Much of our early thieves' slang is Ger. or Du., and dates from the Thirty Years' War" [Weekley]. Or it may be from Latin facere "to do." Related: Faked; fakes; faking.