Feign meaning

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To feign is defined as to make up a story or act in a way that you don't feel.

An example of to feign is to seem like you’re sick to get out of going to school.

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To imitate so as to deceive.

Feign another's voice.

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To make up (a story, excuse, etc.); invent; fabricate.
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To fabricate.

Feigned an excuse.

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To invent or imagine.
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To pretend; dissemble.
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To form; shape.
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To make a false show of; pretend; imitate; simulate.
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To imagine.
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To pretend; dissemble.
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To make a false copy or version of; to counterfeit.

The pupil feigned sickness on the day of his exam.

They feigned her signature on the cheque.

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To imagine; to invent; to pretend.

He feigned that he had gone home at the appointed time.

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To make an action as if doing one thing, but actually doing another, for example to trick an opponent.
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To hide or conceal.

Jessica feigned the fact that she had not done her homework.

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Origin of feign

  • Middle English feinen from Old French feindre from Latin fingere to shape, form dheigh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French feindre (“to pretend”), from Latin fingere (“to form, shape, invent”).

    From Wiktionary