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Verb: pretend  pri'tend
  1. Make believe with the intent to deceive
    "He pretended that he was ill";
    - feign, sham, affect, dissemble
  2. Behave unnaturally or affectedly
    "She's just pretending";
    - dissemble, act
  3. Put forward a claim and assert right or possession of
    "pretend the title of King"
  4. Put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation
    "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong";
    - guess, venture, hazard
  5. Represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like
    "She pretends like an actress";
    - make, make believe
  6. State insincerely
    "She pretended not to have known the suicide bomber";
    - profess
Noun: pretend  pri'tend
  1. The enactment of a pretence
    "it was just pretend";
    - make-believe
Adjective: pretend  pri'tend
  1. Imagined as in a play
    "dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish";
    - make-believe

Derived forms: pretends, pretended, pretending

See also: unreal

Type of: act, arrogate, belie, claim, feigning, lay claim, misrepresent, muse, play, pretence [Brit, Cdn], pretending, pretense [N. Amer], represent, simulation, speculate

Encyclopedia: Pretend