WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
false /fɔls/USA pronunciation adj., fals•er, fals•est.
  1. not true or correct;
    erroneous;
    wrong:a false statement.
  2. uttering or declaring what is untrue; lying:a false witness.
  3. not faithful or loyal:a false friend.
  4. tending to deceive or mislead; deceptive:a false impression.
  5. [before a noun] not genuine;
    counterfeit:a false name.
  6. [before a noun] not real; used as a substitute or aid, esp. temporarily;
    artificial:false teeth.
  7. [before a noun] based on mistaken, erroneous, or inconsistent impressions, ideas, or facts:false pride.
  8. [before a noun] wrong or not correct in pitch, such as a musical note:He played several false notes.
false•ly, adv. 
false•ness, n. [uncountable]
false is an adjective, falseness and falsity are nouns, falsify is a verb, falsely is an adverb:His nervousness created a false impression during the job interview. She was discouraged by his falseness and cowardice. There was a good deal of falsity in the papers. He tried to falsify his passport. He was falsely accused of the murder.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

false /fɔːls/ adj
  1. not in accordance with the truth or facts
  2. irregular or invalid: a false start
  3. untruthful or lying: a false account
  4. not genuine, real, or natural; artificial; fake: false eyelashes
  5. being or intended to be misleading or deceptive: a false rumour
  6. disloyal or treacherous: a false friend
  7. based on mistaken or irrelevant ideas or facts: false pride, a false argument
  8. (prenominal) (esp of plants) superficially resembling the species specified: false hellebore
  9. serving to supplement or replace, often temporarily: a false keel
  10. (of a note, interval, etc) out of tune
adv
  1. in a false or dishonest manner (esp in the phrase play (someone) false)
Etymology: Old English fals, from Latin falsus, from fallere to deceive

ˈfalsely adv ˈfalseness n



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