falsify

To falsify is to alter or mangle something, like a message or document, in a way that distorts the meaning.

Since false things aren't true, to falsify something is to dishonestly change its meaning. If a friend tells you a story, and then you retell the story but change important facts, you falsified the story. If you lie in court — commit perjury — you're falsifying the facts. Faking someone else's signature is another type of falsifying, as is lying on your resume. Anytime you misrepresent the truth, you're falsifying.

Definitions of falsify
  1. verb
    make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story
    synonyms: distort, garble, warp
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    types:
    mangle, murder, mutilate
    alter so as to make unrecognizable
    type of:
    belie, misrepresent
    represent falsely
  2. verb
    falsify knowingly
    “She falsified the records”
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    Antonyms:
    correct, rectify, right
    make right or correct
    type of:
    change by reversal, reverse, turn
    change to the contrary
  3. verb
    insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby
    synonyms: alter, interpolate
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    type of:
    edit, redact
    prepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting
  4. verb
    tamper, with the purpose of deception
    falsify the data”
    synonyms: cook, fake, fudge, manipulate, misrepresent, wangle
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    types:
    juggle
    manipulate by or as if by moving around components
    type of:
    cheat, chisel
    engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud
  5. verb
    prove false
    Falsify a claim”
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    type of:
    confute, disprove
    prove to be false
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