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feign

[ feyn ]
/ feɪn /
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verb (used with object)

to represent fictitiously; put on an appearance of: to feign sickness.
to invent fictitiously or deceptively, as a story or an excuse.
to imitate deceptively: to feign another's voice.

verb (used without object)

to make believe; pretend: She's only feigning, she isn't really ill.

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Origin of feign

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English fei(g)nen, from Old French feign-, present stem of feindre, from Latin fingere “to shape, invent, feign”
4. See pretend.
feigner, nounfeign·ing·ly, adverbun·feign·ing, adjectiveun·feign·ing·ly, adverb
fain, faint, feign , feint
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British Dictionary definitions for feign

feign
/ (feɪn) /

verb

to put on a show of (a quality or emotion); pretendto feign innocence
(tr) to make up; inventto feign an excuse
(tr) to copy; imitateto feign someone's laugh
feigner, nounfeigningly, adverb
C13: from Old French feindre to pretend, from Latin fingere to form, shape, invent
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