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Meaning & Definition of Pretend in English

English

Pretend

/pritɛnd/

noun

1. The enactment of a pretense

  • "It was just pretend"
    synonym:
  • make-believe
  • ,
  • pretend

verb

1. Make believe with the intent to deceive

  • "He feigned that he was ill"
  • "He shammed a headache"
    synonym:
  • feign
  • ,
  • sham
  • ,
  • pretend
  • ,
  • affect
  • ,
  • dissemble

2. Behave unnaturally or affectedly

  • "She's just acting"
    synonym:
  • dissemble
  • ,
  • pretend
  • ,
  • act

3. Put forward a claim and assert right or possession of

  • "Pretend the title of king"
    synonym:
  • pretend

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • guess
  • ,
  • venture
  • ,
  • pretend
  • ,
  • hazard

5. Represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like

  • "She makes like an actress"
    synonym:
  • make
  • ,
  • pretend
  • ,
  • make believe

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"
    synonym:
  • profess
  • ,
  • pretend

adjective

1. Imagined as in a play

  • "The make-believe world of theater"
  • "Play money"
  • "Dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish"
    synonym:
  • make-believe
  • ,
  • pretend

Examples of using

Smart people can pretend to be dumb. The opposite is more difficult.
Let's pretend we are ninjas.
Let's pretend this never happened.