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[mok] /mɒk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to attack or treat with ridicule, contempt, or derision.
2.
to ridicule by mimicry of action or speech; mimic derisively.
3.
to mimic, imitate, or counterfeit.
4.
to challenge; defy:
His actions mock convention.
5.
to deceive, delude, or disappoint.
verb (used without object)
6.
to use ridicule or derision; scoff; jeer (often followed by at).
noun
7.
a contemptuous or derisive imitative action or speech; mockery or derision.
8.
something mocked or derided; an object of derision.
9.
an imitation; counterfeit; fake.
10.
Shipbuilding.
  1. a hard pattern representing the surface of a plate with a warped form, upon which the plate is beaten to shape after furnacing.
  2. bed (def 23).
adjective
11.
feigned; not real; sham:
a mock battle.
Verb phrases
12.
mock up, to build a mock-up of.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English mokken < Middle French mocquer
Related forms
mockable, adjective
mocker, noun
mockingly, adverb
self-mocking, adjective
unmocked, adjective
unmocking, adjective
unmockingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. deride; taunt, flout, gibe; chaff, tease. See ridicule. 5. cheat, dupe, fool, mislead.
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Examples from the web for mock
  • Only 125000 people voted in the mock election, around 28% of the total eligible.
  • In this way pranks can be a relatively nonthreatening way to mock bosses, leaders and others in charge.
  • It is easy to mock such sentiments; they are, after all, absurd.
  • Don't mock my level of maturity.
  • Trainees had fared abysmally in exercises, catching only 10 to 20 percent of mock mines.
  • The new technology is easy to mock.
  • This twaddle is easy to mock.
  • They even mock us behind our backs.
  • Mushers ran the dogs in mock, 100-mile races for four to five days in a row.
  • It's a mock battle over a mock issue.
British Dictionary definitions for mock

mock

/mɒk/
verb
1.
when intr, often foll by at. to behave with scorn or contempt (towards); show ridicule (for)
2.
(transitive) to imitate, esp in fun; mimic
3.
(transitive) to deceive, disappoint, or delude
4.
(transitive) to defy or frustrate: the team mocked the visitors' attempt to score
noun
5.
the act of mocking
6.
a person or thing mocked
7.
a counterfeit; imitation
8.
(often pl) (informal) (in England and Wales) the school examinations taken as practice before public examinations
adjective (prenominal)
9.
sham or counterfeit
10.
serving as an imitation or substitute, esp for practice purposes: a mock battle, mock finals
See also mock-up
Derived Forms
mockable, adjective
mocker, noun
mocking, noun, adjective
mockingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Old French mocquer
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Word Origin and History for mock
v.

early 15c., "to deceive;" mid-15c. "make fun of," from Old French mocquer "deride, jeer," of unknown origin, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *muccare "to blow the nose" (as a derisive gesture), from Latin mucus; or possibly from Middle Dutch mocken "to mumble" or Middle Low German mucken "grumble." Or perhaps simply imitative of such speech. Related: Mocked; mocking; mockingly. Replaced Old English bysmerian. Sense of "imitating," as in mockingbird and mock turtle (1763), is from notion of derisive imitation.

adj.

1540s, from mock, verb and noun. Mock-heroic is attested from 1711; mock-turtle "calf's head dressed to resemble a turtle," is from 1763; as a kind of soup from 1783.

n.

"derisive action or speech," early 15c., from mock (v.).

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