—v.t. 1. prepare or make (something specious, deceptive, or fraudulent): to fake a report showing nonexistent profits. 2. to conceal the defects of or make appear more attractive, interesting, valuable, etc., usually in order to deceive: The story was faked a bit to make it more sensational. 3. to pretend; simulate: to fake illness. 4. to accomplish by trial and error or by improvising: I don't know the job, but I can fake it. 5. to trick or deceive (an opponent) by making a fake (often fol. by out): The running back faked out the defender with a deft move and scored. 6. Jazz. a. to improvise: to fake an accompaniment. b. to play (music) without reading from a score.
—v.i. 1. to fake something; pretend.
2. to give a fake to an opponent.
3. fake out,Slang. a. to trick; deceive: She faked me out by acting friendly and then stole my job. b. to surprise, as by a sudden reversal: They thought we weren't coming back, but we faked them out by showing up during dinner.
—n. 1. anything made to appear otherwise than it actually is; counterfeit: This diamond necklace is a fake. 2. a person who fakes; faker: The doctor with the reputed cure for cancer proved to be a fake. 3. a spurious report or story.
4. Sports.a simulated play or move intended to deceive an opponent.
—adj. designed to deceive or cheat; not real; counterfeit.