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pretend

pre·tend

pretend

 
 
pronunciation:
prih tend
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: pretended, pretending, pretends
definition 1: to claim or represent falsely or insincerely in order to deceive.
She pretended to be our ally, but, in fact, she was working against us.He pretended to be interested in what she was saying.She pretended to enjoy the party even though she was miserable.
synonyms:
purport
similar words:
allege, claim, misrepresent, profess
definition 2: to give an appearance of truth or reality to (that which is false or imaginary).
The tyrant pretends concern for the well-being of the citizens.
synonyms:
counterfeit, dissemble, fake, feign, sham, simulate
similar words:
act, affect, assume, dissimulate, fabricate, falsify, imitate, profess
definition 3: esp. in play, to imagine (something) to be so, or to act as if (something) were so.
Let's pretend that we are explorers.The children pretended to be pirates.
 
synonyms:
act, make believe
similar words:
fancy, imagine, playact, suppose
definition 4: to take (a role or task) upon oneself, as a right or degree of authority.
I cannot pretend to know better than the judge.
synonyms:
assume, presume
similar words:
allege, claim, profess, purport
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to act the part of a real or imagined character, or act out imaginary events, in play; make believe.
The children love pretending.
synonyms:
make believe, playact
similar words:
act, fool, imagine
definition 2: to venture or put forward a claim, often undeservingly (often fol. by to).
She pretends to expertise in many fields.
synonyms:
feign
similar words:
presume, profess, sham