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parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb
Word Combinations (noun, verb), Homophone Note
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a movement or thrust in a misleading direction, or a slight attack at a misleading point, to draw one's opponent away from the real target, as in sports or military combat.
similar words:
diversion, dodge, fake, shift
definition 2: a pretense or false appearance of doing something, intended to mislead or divert attention.
She made a feint of looking at her watch to avoid appearing interested in the unfolding scene.
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: feints, feinting, feinted
definition: to move or attack so as to mislead an opponent away from the real objective.
similar words:
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to fool or influence by feinting.
I feinted my opponent out of position.
definition 2: to make a feint of; pretend.
The general feinted an attack on the left flank.
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Homophone Note
The words faint and feint sound alike but have different meanings.