She then pretended to talk to her and told her to have the police ready when she got home.
Dickens pretended to be a benevolent father, but he scared his kids half to death.
Hannigan pretended to be a basketball pro in order to impress a hot guy she had a crush on—only she had never played basketball.
"I pretended to yell for my husband to call the gendarmes and it worked, the guy ran off," said Purssey.
I offered him my hand in congratulation, and he seized and shook it like the good-natured fool he was—or pretended to be.
But I turned my face away and pretended that I had not seen or heard.
He pretended to be pleased about becoming the Chief's son, but he only pretended.
When I asked the reason for the change, Peterson pretended not to know.
Accordingly he pretended he was asleep, but he was really awake.
I was not such a fool as to argue with him, so pretended his reply was a knock-out.
late 14c., "to profess, assert, maintain" (a claim, etc.), "to direct (one's) efforts," from Old French pretendre "to lay claim," from Latin praetendere "stretch in front, put forward, allege," from prae "before" (see pre-) + tendere "to stretch," from PIE root *ten- "to stretch" (see tend).
Main modern sense of "feign, put forward a false claim" is recorded from c.1400; the older sense of simply "to claim" is behind the string of royal pretenders (1690s) in English history. Meaning "to play, make believe" is recorded from 1865. In 17c. pretend also could mean "make a suit of marriage for," from a sense in French. Related: Pretended; pretending.
"fact of pretending," 1888, from children's talk, from pretend (v.). Earlier in same sense was verbal noun pretending (1640s).