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adjective false pronunciation in British English /fɔːls/
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adjectivefalse
comparativefalser
superlativefalsest
 
  1. 1
    not true
    The report was dismissed as totally false.
    a false statement
  2. 2
    based on a mistake or on wrong information
    a false impression/belief/hope: The media gave the world a false impression of life in the city.
  3. 3
    made to look like something real
    false eyelashes
    1. a.
      not real and intended to trick people
      a false passport
  4. 4
    not showing what you really feel or intend
    This is no time for false modesty.
    a false smile

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My brother was falsely accused of murder.
She smiled falsely.
 

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