Pretend definition

prĭ-tĕnd
To take upon oneself; venture.

I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong.

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(informal) Make-believe.

Pretend jewelry.

adjective
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To represent fictitiously in play; make believe.

Pretended they were on a cruise.

verb
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To give a false appearance of; feign.
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To lay claim.

Pretends to gourmet tastes.

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Imitation; make-believe.

Pretend money; pretend pearls.

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To pretend is defined as to claim, to make believe or imitate.

An example of to pretend is to say that you don't know the source of a mistruth.

An example of to pretend is a little girl dressing up like a fairy.

An example of to pretend is a gay man bringing a woman home to his parents and acting like she's his girlfriend.

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To claim or profess falsely; feign; simulate.

To pretend anger.

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To make believe, as in children's play.

To pretend to be astronauts.

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To claim, allege, especially when falsely or as a form of deliberate deception. [from 14th c.]
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To claim; profess; allege.

To pretend ignorance of the law.

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To claim or allege insincerely or falsely.

Doesn't pretend to be an expert.

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To feign an action or character, as in play.
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To feign, affect (a state, quality, etc.). [from 15th c.]
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To lay claim to (an ability, status, advantage, etc.). [from 15th c.] (originally used without to)
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To make oneself appear to do or be doing something; to engage in make-believe.
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To make believe in play or in an attempt to deceive; feign.
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To lay claim.

To pretend to a throne.

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Origin of pretend

  • Middle English pretenden from Old French pretendre from Latin praetendere prae- pre- tendere to extend ten- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Anglo-Norman pretendre, Middle French pretendre (French prétendre (“to claim, demand")), from Latin praetendere, present active infinitive of praetendō (“put forward, hold out, pretend"), from prae- (“pre-") + tendō (“stretch"); see tend.

    From Wiktionary