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  Definition of pretend
  1. the enactment of a pretense; "it was just pretend"
  2. state insincerely; "He professed innocence but later admitted his guilt"; "She pretended not to have known the suicide bomber"; "She pretends to be an expert on wine"
  3. make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"
  4. represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like; "She makes like an actress"
  5. put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation; "I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again"; "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"
  6. behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She''s just acting"
  7. put forward a claim and assert right or possession of; "pretend the title of King"
  8. imagined as in a play; "the make-believe world of theater"; "play money"; "dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish"
Similar Words: make-believe, profess, feign, sham, affect, dissemble, make, make believe, guess, venture, hazard, act

 

Hyponyms: play possum, take a dive, bull, fake, mouth, go through the motions, predict, foretell, prognosticate, call, forebode, anticipate, promise, suspect, surmise, simulate, assume, sham, feign

 

Grouped Verbs: make, make believe, feign, sham, affect, dissemble, act, behave, do

 

Derivational Morphology: make, make believe, hypocrite, dissembler, phony, phoney, pretender, pretense, pretence, feigning, dissembling, imposter, impostor, fake, faker, fraud, sham, shammer, pseudo, pseud, role player, pretending, simulation, postiche, malingerer, skulker, make-believe, luck, fortune, chance, hazard, guess, guesswork, guessing, shot, dead reckoning, conjecture, supposition, surmise, surmisal, speculation, hypothesis, guesser, act, Pretender, pretension

 

Language Translations:
Chinese: 假装   Dutch: voorwenden  
Finnish: teeskennellä   French: feindre  
German: vorgeben   Italian: fingere  
Japanese: 振り   Korean: -인 체하다  
Portuguese: fingir   Russian: делать вид  
Spanish: fingir   Swedish: låtsa  
Ukrainian: удавати  
 
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