Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

genuine - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adjective     genuine pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    real, rather than pretended or false

    Morley looked at her with genuine concern.

    We are doing everything we can to help people to work towards genuine democracy.

    It was a genuine mistake and we ought to forgive him.

    1. b.
      used about objects

      It was undoubtedly a genuine 18th century desk.

derived word


     genuine pronunciation in American English
noun [uncountable]
quiz invitation


a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play