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  1. feign
    IPA[fān]
  2. verb

    • 1. pretend to be affected by (a feeling, state, or injury):

      she feigned nervousness
      Synonym : simulate, fake, sham, affect, give the appearance of, make a show of, make a pretense of, play at, go through the motions of, put on, pretend, put it on, fake, sham, bluff, pose, posture, masquerade, make believe, act, playact, go through the motions, put on a false display, malinger, kid, mess
    • 2. invent (a story or excuse).

    • 3. indulge in pretense.

  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: feign, 3rd person present: feigns, gerund or present participle: feigning, past tense: feigned, past participle: feigned

    • verb

      pretend to be affected by (a feeling, state, or injury):

      invent (a story or excuse).

    • adjective

      simulated or pretended; insincere:
    • adjective

      simulated or pretended; insincere:
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