Definitions of pretend

  1. make believe; " He feigned that he was ill"; " He shammed a headache"
  2. imagined as in a play; " the make- believe world of theater"; " play money"; " dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish"
  3. put forward a claim and assert right or possession of; " pretend the title of King"
  4. the enactment of a pretense; " it was just pretend"
  5. 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"
  6. make believe with the intent to deceive; " He feigned that he was ill"; " He shammed a headache"
  7. represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like; " She makes like an actress"
  8. 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"
  9. To lay a claim to; to allege a title to; to claim.
  10. To hold before, or put forward, as a cloak or disguise for something else; to exhibit as a veil for something hidden.
  11. To intend; to design; to plot; to attempt.
  12. To hold before one; to extend.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. To put forward as an excuse or reason; make a false show of; to feign; to put forward a claim to.
  16. To put forward a claim; to make a false show.
  17. Pretended.
  18. To hold out as a cloak for something else: to offer something feigned: to affect to feel.
  19. To put in a claim.
  21. To hold out an appearance of; feign; put in a claim.
  22. To simulate; feign; claim faisely.
  23. To make believe.
  24. To assume as character.
  25. To hold out, as a false appearance; to show hypocritically; to counterfeit; to affect; to claim.
  26. To put in a claim; to hold out appearances.
  27. 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.

Usage examples for pretend

  1. It's useless to pretend astonishment. – The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  2. You'll pretend not to know anything about it till to- morrow, won't you? – Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker by Marguerite Bryant
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. She was not going to pretend! – Lifted Masks Stories by Susan Glaspell
  6. With me, you see, she need not pretend- she can cry her eyes out. – Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton
  7. Why should we pretend not to see what is perfectly plain? – Trumps by George William Curtis
  8. 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
  9. " I don't pretend to understand her, or to explain her. – Torchy, Private Sec. by Sewell Ford
  10. And he doesn't pretend to be anything more than he is. – Look Back on Happiness by Knut Hamsun
  11. 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
  12. You are not what you pretend to be. – The Living Link by James De Mille
  13. Well, get away and don't pretend that you think anything of me. – Bolanyo by Opie Percival Read
  14. 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
  15. I can not pretend to explain just how it came about. – Duffels by Edward Eggleston