Definition of Pretend

1. Noun. The enactment of a pretense. "It was just pretend"

Exact synonyms: Make-believe
Generic synonyms: Feigning, Pretence, Pretending, Pretense, Simulation
Derivative terms: Make Believe, Make-believe



2. Verb. Make believe with the intent to deceive. "He shammed a headache"

3. Adjective. Imagined as in a play. "Dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish"
Exact synonyms: Make-believe
Similar to: Unreal
Derivative terms: Make-believe, Make-believe

4. Verb. Behave unnaturally or affectedly. "She's just acting"
Exact synonyms: Act, Dissemble
Related verbs: Act, Behave, Do
Specialized synonyms: Assume, Feign, Sham, Simulate
Derivative terms: Act, Pretender

5. Verb. Put forward a claim and assert right or possession of. "Pretend the title of King"
Generic synonyms: Arrogate, Claim, Lay Claim
Derivative terms: Pretender, Pretense, Pretension

6. Verb. Put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation. "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"
Exact synonyms: Guess, Hazard, Venture
Specialized synonyms: Anticipate, Call, Forebode, Foretell, Predict, Prognosticate, Promise, Surmise, Suspect
Generic synonyms: Speculate
Derivative terms: Guess, Guess, Guesser, Guessing, Hazard

7. Verb. Represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like. "She makes like an actress"
Exact synonyms: Make, Make Believe
Related verbs: Affect, Dissemble, Feign, Sham
Specialized synonyms: Go Through The Motions
Generic synonyms: Act, Play, Represent
Derivative terms: Make-believe

8. Verb. State insincerely. "She pretends to be an expert on wine"
Exact synonyms: Profess
Generic synonyms: Claim

Definition of Pretend

1. v. t. To lay a claim to; to allege a title to; to claim.

2. v. i. To put in, or make, a claim, truly or falsely; to allege a title; to lay claim to, or strive after, something; -- usually with to.

Definition of Pretend

1. Verb. To claim, allege, especially when falsely or as a form of deliberate deception. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

2. Verb. To feign, affect (a state, quality etc.). (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

3. Verb. To lay claim (term to) (an ability, status, advantage etc.). (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

4. Verb. To make oneself appear (term to) do or be doing something; to engage in make-believe. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pretend

1. to assume or display a false appearance of [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pretend

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Literary usage of Pretend

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Complete Works of Gustave Flaubert: Embracing Romances, Travels by Gustave Flaubert, Ferdinand Brunetière (1904)
"He thought it a prudent course to invent a story —to pretend that he was swayed by a passion. He manufactured some circumstantial details. ..."

2. The Book of Tea by Kakuzō Okakura (1906)
"decoration being entirely different from those of the West. The tea-room (the Sukiya) does not pretend to ..."

3. The Book of Tea by Kakuzō Okakura (1906)
"decoration being entirely different from those of the West. v The tea-room (the Sukiya) does not pretend to be other than a mere cottage —a straw hut, ..."

4. Kant's Kritik of Judgment by Immanuel Kant (1892)
"None of the above systems give what they pretend What do all these systems desire ? They desire to explain our teleological judgments about nature, ..."

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