What does counterfeit mean?

Definitions for counterfeit
ˈkaʊn tərˌfɪtcoun·ter·feit

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. counterfeit, forgery(adj)

    a copy that is represented as the original

  2. counterfeit, imitative(verb)

    not genuine; imitating something superior

    "counterfeit emotion"; "counterfeit money"; "counterfeit works of art"; "a counterfeit prince"

  3. forge, fake, counterfeit(verb)

    make a copy of with the intent to deceive

    "he faked the signature"; "they counterfeited dollar bills"; "She forged a Green Card"


  1. counterfeit(Noun)

    A non-genuine article; a fake.

  2. counterfeit(Noun)

    One who counterfeits; a counterfeiter.

  3. counterfeit(Verb)

    To falsely produce what appears to be official or valid; to produce a forged copy of.

  4. counterfeit(Verb)

    To produce a faithful copy of.

  5. counterfeit(Verb)

    To feign.

  6. counterfeit(Verb)

    Of a turn or river card, to invalidate a player's hand by making a better hand on the board.

  7. counterfeit(Adjective)

    False, especially of money; intended to deceive or carry appearance of being genuine.

    This counterfeit watch looks like the real thing, but it broke a week after I bought it.

  8. counterfeit(Adjective)


  9. Origin: countrefait, from continental contrefait.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Counterfeit(adverb)

    representing by imitation or likeness; having a resemblance to something else; portrayed

  2. Counterfeit(adverb)

    fabricated in imitation of something else, with a view to defraud by passing the false copy for genuine or original; as, counterfeit antiques; counterfeit coin

  3. Counterfeit(adverb)

    assuming the appearance of something; false; spurious; deceitful; hypocritical; as, a counterfeit philanthropist

  4. Counterfeit(noun)

    that which resembles or is like another thing; a likeness; a portrait; a counterpart

  5. Counterfeit(noun)

    that which is made in imitation of something, with a view to deceive by passing the false for the true; as, the bank note was a counterfeit

  6. Counterfeit(noun)

    one who pretends to be what he is not; one who personates another; an impostor; a cheat

  7. Counterfeit(verb)

    to imitate, or put on a semblance of; to mimic; as, to counterfeit the voice of another person

  8. Counterfeit(verb)

    to imitate with a view to deceiving, by passing the copy for that which is original or genuine; to forge; as, to counterfeit the signature of another, coins, notes, etc

  9. Counterfeit(verb)

    to carry on a deception; to dissemble; to feign; to pretend

  10. Counterfeit(verb)

    to make counterfeits


  1. Counterfeit

    To counterfeit means to imitate something. Counterfeit products are fake replicas of the real product. Counterfeit products are often produced with the intent to take advantage of the superior value of the imitated product. The word counterfeit frequently describes both the forgeries of currency and documents, as well as the imitations of works of art, toys, clothing, software, pharmaceuticals, watches, electronics, handbags and shoes. Counterfeit products have a fake company logos and brands. In the case of goods, it results in patent infringement or trademark infringement. Illegal drugs may also be counterfeit, e.g. by passing off baking soda as cocaine, a scam which relies on the naivete of the buyer. Counterfeit consumer products have a reputation for being low quality. The counterfeiting of money is usually attacked aggressively by governments. The counterfeiting of goods is condoned by some governments. Counterfeit money is the most popular product counterfeited.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Counterfeit

    kown′tėr-fit, -fēt, v.t. to imitate: to copy without authority: to forge.—n. something false or copied, or that pretends to be true and original.—adj. pretended: made in imitation of: forged: false.—n. Coun′terfeiter, one who counterfeits.—adv. Coun′terfeitly, in a counterfeit manner: falsely.—n. Coun′ter-fes′ance (Spens.), act of counterfeiting: forgery. [O. Fr. contrefet, from contrefaire, to imitate—L. contra, against, facĕre, to do.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of counterfeit in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of counterfeit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of counterfeit in a Sentence

  1. Susanne Somerville:

    Even though the drug supply in the United States is safe, there are small percentages ... of potential counterfeit drugs. Certainly, there's a lot of evidence of diverted drugs.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    There are many people who easily believe a concocted story as if the counterfeit money can be made by a person with a sugarcane juice machine and not done by a mammoth machinery.

  3. Richard Blumenthal:

    The practice of steering involves jeopardy to the consumer because of the concern about parts, safety concerns are raised by this practice of steering because often it involves the use of parts that may be salvaged or inferior or even counterfeit and that is a real urgent and imminent safety concern for the consumer who may have no idea what the origin of the parts are, who made them, or even whether they're installed properly.

  4. Sufi Proverb:

    There wouldn't be such a thing as counterfeit gold if there were no real gold somewhere.

  5. Richard Blumenthal:

    I believe strongly that federal watchdog agencies have a role in protecting consumers because serious safety concerns are raised by this practice of steering often involving the use of inferior or even salvaged or counterfeit parts.

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  • vervals, namaakAfrikaans
  • تزويرArabic
  • ялғанBashkir
  • подправен, фалшификация, фалшив, фалшифицирам, подправямBulgarian
  • Fälschung, fälschen, falsch, gefälschtGerman
  • πλαστογραφώ, πλαστός, κίβδηλος, ψεύτικος, παραχαράσσωGreek
  • contrahecho, contrahacer, falsificar, falsificado, contrahechuraSpanish
  • جعلیPersian
  • väärentää, väärä, jäljitelmä, väärennetty, väärennös, jäljiteltyFinnish
  • contrefaçon, contrefaire, contrefaitFrench
  • מזויףHebrew
  • खोटा, जाली, नक़लHindi
  • hamis, hamisítvány, hamisítottHungarian
  • palsuIndonesian
  • contraffare, contraffazione, falso, imitazione, falsificareItalian
  • フェイク, 偽物Japanese
  • ყალბიGeorgian
  • ក្លែងក្លាយ, របស់ក្លែងKhmer
  • namaken, vervalst, namaak, nep, vervalsing, vervalsenDutch
  • fałszować, podróbka, podrobiony, falsyfikat, sfałszowany, podrabiaćPolish
  • falso, contrafação, falsificar, contrafazer, falsificaçãoPortuguese
  • фальшивый, подделка, контрафактный, поддельный, подделать, подделывать, фальшивкаRussian
  • प्रातिरूपिकSanskrit
  • неаутентичан, лажанSerbo-Croatian
  • förfalskad, förfalskning, förfalskaSwedish
  • bandiaSwahili
  • ของปลอมThai

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