pretend definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To Provide a false look of; feign: "You had to imagine conformity while independently following large and dangerous nonconformism” ( Anthony Burgess).
    • To claim or allege insincerely or falsely; profess: doesn't imagine becoming an expert.
    • To express fictitiously in play; make-believe: pretended these people were on a cruise.
    • To simply take upon yourself; venture: we cannot imagine to state you are incorrect.
    • To lay a claim to; to allege a title to; to claim.
    • to carry prior to, or submit, as a cloak or disguise for another thing; to exhibit as a veil for some thing concealed.
    • to put up completely, or portray, falsely; to put forward, or provide, as real or genuine (something false or unreal); showing hypocritically, or for the purpose of deceiving; to simulate; to feign.
    • To intend; to develop; to plot; to try.
    • to put up before one; to extend.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To feign an action or character, as with play.
    • to place forward a claim.
    • In order to make pretensions: pretends to premium tastes.
    • to set up, or make, a claim, certainly or falsely; to allege a title; to put claim to, or strive after, something; -- often with to.
    • to put on from look to be, having, or performing; to profess; which will make believe; to feign; to sham.
  • adjective:
    • Informal replica; make-believe: pretend money; imagine pearls.
    • imagined as in a play
  • verb:
    • which will make yourself seem to do or be performing anything; to take part in make-believe.
    • put forward, of a guess, regardless of feasible refutation
    • submit a claim and assert right or control of
    • make believe with the intention to deceive
    • represent fictitiously, as with a play, or pretend is or become
    • behave unnaturally or affectedly
    • state insincerely
  • others:
    • to carry down before one or perhaps in front; stretch forward; hence, to put before one to use it, consideration, or acceptance; offer; present.
    • to place ahead as a statement or an assertion; especially, to allege or declare falsely or with intent to deceive.
    • to place forward as reasons or reason; usage as a pretext; allege as a ground or explanation; hence, to put ahead a false look of; simulate; fake; feign.
    • To set claim to; assert as a right or ownership; claim.
    • To desire to; attempt; undertake.
    • To plan; design; plan; story.
    • To presage; portend; forebode.
    • To stretch or achieve forward; aim; aspire: often with to.
    • To put claim; assert the right of ownership or possession: generally speaking followed by to.
    • to create pretense; make believe; counterfeit or feign.
  • noun:
    • the enactment of a pretense

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