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  1. pre·tend
    IPA[prəˈtend]
  2. verb

    • 1. speak and act so as to make it appear that something is the case when in fact it is not:

      I closed my eyes and pretended I was asleep she turned the pages and pretended to read
      Synonym : make as if, profess, affect, dissimulate, dissemble, pose, posture, put it on, put on a false front, go through the motions, sham, fake it, kid
    • 2. engage in a game or fantasy that involves supposing something that is not the case to be so:

      children pretending to be grown-ups
      Synonym : put on an act, make believe, play at, act, playact, pass oneself off as, bluff, impersonate
    • 3. give the appearance of feeling or possessing (an emotion or quality); simulate:

      she pretended a greater surprise than she felt
      Synonym : feign, sham, fake, simulate, put on, counterfeit, affect
    • 4. lay claim to (a quality or title):

      he cannot pretend to sophistication

    adjective

    • 1. not really what it is represented as being; used in a game or deception:

      the children are pouring out pretend tea for the dolls
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: pretend, 3rd person present: pretends, gerund or present participle: pretending, past tense: pretended, past participle: pretended

    • verb

      behave so as to make it appear that something is the case when in fact it is not:

      engage in an imaginative game or fantasy:

    • adjective

      not really what it is represented as being; imaginary:
    • adjective

      not genuine; assumed:
    • adjective

      not genuine; assumed:
    • a game or set of circumstances in which one behaves as though a fictional or unreal situation were a real one
    • a game or situation in which one behaves as though a fictional or unreal situation is a real one
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