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Definitions of pretend

  1. behave unnaturally or affectedly; " She's just acting"
  2. make believe; " He feigned that he was ill"; " He shammed a headache"
  3. imagined as in a play; " the make- believe world of theater"; " play money"; " dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish"
  4. put forward a claim and assert right or possession of; " pretend the title of King"
  5. the enactment of a pretense; " it was just pretend"
  6. 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"
  7. make believe with the intent to deceive; " He feigned that he was ill"; " He shammed a headache"
  8. represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like; " She makes like an actress"
  9. 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"
  10. To lay a claim to; to allege a title to; to claim.
  11. To hold before, or put forward, as a cloak or disguise for something else; to exhibit as a veil for something hidden.
  12. To hold out, or represent, falsely; to put forward, or offer, as true or real ( something untrue or unreal); to show hypocritically, or for the purpose of deceiving; to simulate; to feign; as, to pretend friendship.
  13. To intend; to design; to plot; to attempt.
  14. To hold before one; to extend.
  15. To put in, or make, a claim, truly or falsely; to allege a title; to lay claim to, or strive after, something; -- usually with to.
  16. To hold out the appearance of being, possessing, or performing; to profess; to make believe; to feign; to sham; as, to pretend to be asleep.
  17. To put forward as an excuse or reason; make a false show of; to feign; to put forward a claim to.
  18. To put forward a claim; to make a false show.
  19. Pretended.
  20. To hold out as a cloak for something else: to offer something feigned: to affect to feel.
  21. To put in a claim.
  22. PRETENDER.
  23. To hold out an appearance of; feign; put in a claim.
  24. To simulate; feign; claim faisely.
  25. To make believe.
  26. To assume as character.
  27. To hold out, as a false appearance; to show hypocritically; to counterfeit; to affect; to claim.
  28. To put in a claim; to hold out appearances.
  29. To hold out or allege to others something as true which is feigned or unreal; to assume or affect to feel; to claim or put in a claim; to hold out the appearance of possessing or performing.
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Quotes of pretend

  1. I guess what bothers me so much about what I now see going on in both Washington and in Texas is an effort to keep people from finding out about the mistakes of lawmakers and then when they're uncovered, an effort to fool people and pretend there was nothing wrong. – Chris Bell
  2. No psychologist should pretend to understand what he does not understand... Only fools and charlatans know everything and understand nothing. – Anton Chekhov
  3. I have an elbow that bends the wrong way, and I'd do things like stand in an elevator and the doors would close, and I'd pretend that my arm had got caught in it, and then I'd scream, 'Ow, ow, put it back!' – Geena Davis
  4. Traditions are imploding and exploding everywhere- everything is coming together, for better or worse, and we can no longer pretend we're all living in different worlds because we're on different continents. – Philip Glass
  5. My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them. – Mitch Hedberg
  6. As a kid growing up in the back streets of Dublin I used to pretend I was playing in the World Cup with my mates out on the streets, and now I will be doing it for real. – Robbie Keane
  7. I wanted to be left alone to live my life, so it was very easy for people to pretend that they were me. – Mohsen Makhmalbaf
  8. There are Anarchists in other parts of the world who are unable to, comprehend the position of the Spanish Anarchists. I do not pretend to censor these Anarchists. – Frederica Montseny
  9. Men pretend they don't like to be nagged, but they love it, really. It makes them feel wanted. – Denise Van Outen
  10. I ever will profess myself the greatest friend to those whose actions best correspond with their doctrine; which, I am sorry to say, is too seldom the case amongst those nations who pretend most to civilization. – J. G. Stedman
  11. A movie camera is like having someone you have a crush on watching you from afar- you pretend it's not there. – Tom Stoppard
  12. Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command. – Alan Watts
  13. I guess we've had a very close relationship because I don't pretend to know about cinema and I think I do know a bit about theatre but he does, he respected that and so we really just had a collaboration which went completely like this. – Andrew Lloyd Webber
  14. An awful lot of gay pop stars pretend to be straight. I'm going to start a movement of straight pop stars pretending to be gay. – Robbie Williams

Usage examples for pretend

  1. And he doesn't pretend to be anything more than he is. – Look Back on Happiness by Knut Hamsun
  2. You pretend that you are only staying here to please your wife, but it's no such thing. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  3. I don't pretend to know what came between him and mother," he continued; " mother would never tell and father never mentioned it in his letters. – The Coming of the Law by Charles Alden Seltzer
  4. Don't think of me as you see me now; pretend to me I am as you first knew me. – Dreamers of the Ghetto by I. Zangwill
  5. It's useless to pretend astonishment. – The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  6. And then a great idea flashed into her mind: she would pretend to be grown up. – A Little Maid of Old Philadelphia by Alice Turner Curtis
  7. Well, get away and don't pretend that you think anything of me. – Bolanyo by Opie Percival Read
  8. Don't pretend you did not understand. – The Locusts' Years by Mary Helen Fee
  9. " I don't pretend to understand her, or to explain her. – Torchy, Private Sec. by Sewell Ford
  10. I can not pretend to explain just how it came about. – Duffels by Edward Eggleston
  11. She could pretend no longer not to notice. – Helena Brett's Career by Desmond Coke
  12. Why should we pretend not to see what is perfectly plain? – Trumps by George William Curtis
  13. I cannot pretend to what I do not feel." – Quicksands by Adolph Streckfuss
  14. So he went where he had left his cart, and he looked for the pretend little boy, but he had gone away, and David couldn't find him. – The Doers by William John Hopkins
  15. She had been frank enough to him, but he would not even pretend that he loved her. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  16. She was not going to pretend – Lifted Masks Stories by Susan Glaspell
  17. My father is very bitter over the result of the war, even if he may be forced to pretend otherwise. – The Red Cross Girls with Pershing to Victory by Margaret Vandercook
  18. With me, you see, she need not pretend she can cry her eyes out. – Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton
  19. You'll pretend not to know anything about it till to- morrow, won't you? – Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker by Marguerite Bryant
  20. You are not what you pretend to be. – The Living Link by James De Mille

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