Definitions of pretend

  1. To put in a claim; to hold out appearances.
  2. To put forward as an excuse or reason; make a false show of; to feign; to put forward a claim to.
  3. To hold out as a cloak for something else: to offer something feigned: to affect to feel.
  4. To put forward a claim; to make a false show.
  5. To put in a claim.
  6. To make believe.
  7. To assume as character.
  8. To hold out, as a false appearance; to show hypocritically; to counterfeit; to affect; to claim.
  9. 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.
  11. imagined as in a play; " the make- believe world of theater"; " play money"; " dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish"
  12. 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"
  13. represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like; " She makes like an actress"
  14. 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"
  15. To lay a claim to; to allege a title to; to claim.
  16. To hold before, or put forward, as a cloak or disguise for something else; to exhibit as a veil for something hidden.
  17. To intend; to design; to plot; to attempt.
  18. To hold before one; to extend.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. To hold out an appearance of; feign; put in a claim.