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Meaning of counterfeit

coun•ter•feit

Pronunciation: (koun'tur-fit"), [key]
— adj.
  1. made in imitation so as to be passed off fraudulently or deceptively as genuine; not genuine; forged: counterfeit dollar bills.
  2. pretended; unreal: counterfeit grief.
—n.
  1. an imitation intended to be passed off fraudulently or deceptively as genuine; forgery.
  2. a copy.
  3. a close likeness; portrait.
  4. impostor; pretender.
—v.t.
  1. to make a counterfeit of; imitate fraudulently; forge.
  2. to resemble.
  3. to simulate.
—v.i.
  1. to make counterfeits, as of money.
  2. to feign; dissemble.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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