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adjective American English pronunciation: false /fɔls/ 
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  1. 1
    not true

    The report was dismissed as totally false.

    a false statement

  2. 3
    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. 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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