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Meaning of PRETEND

Pronunciation:  pri'tend

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  imagined as in a play; "the make-believe world of theater"; "play money"; "dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish"
  2. [v]  make believe; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"
  3. [v]  behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting"
  4. [v]  put forward a claim and assert right or possession of; "pretend the title of King"

PRETEND is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: act, affect, dissemble, dissemble, feign, make-believe, play(a), sham, unreal
 See Also: arrogate, assume, belie, bull, bullshit, claim, fake, feign, lay claim, misrepresent, mouth, play possum, sham, simulate, take a dive



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pre*tend"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pretended}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Pretending}.] [OE. pretenden to lay claim to, F.
    pr['e]tendre, L. praetendere, praetentum, to stretch forward,
    pretend, simulate, assert; prae before + tendere to stretch.
    See {Tend}, v. t. ]
    1. To lay a claim to; to allege a title to; to claim.
             Chiefs shall be grudged the part which they pretend.
    2. To hold before, or put forward, as a cloak or disguise for
       something else; to exhibit as a veil for something hidden.
             Lest that too heavenly form, pretended To hellish
             falsehood, snare them.                --Milton.
    3. 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.
             This let him know, Lest, willfully transgressing, he
             pretend Surprisal.                    --Milton.
    4. To intend; to design; to plot; to attempt. [Obs.]
             Such as shall pretend Malicious practices against
             his state.                            --Shak.
    5. To hold before one; to extend. [Obs.] ``His target always
       over her pretended.'' --Spenser.
  2. \Pre*tend"\, v. i.
    1. 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. ``Countries that pretend to freedom.''
             For to what fine he would anon pretend, That know I
             well.                                 --Chaucer.
    2. 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. ``[He] pretended to
       drink the waters.'' --Macaulay.