verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of pretend
Examples from the Web for pretend
For Kirke it was being paid to pretend to play the oboe that heightened her affair with classical music.‘Mozart in the Jungle’: Inside Amazon’s Brave New World of Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music|Kevin Fallon|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The irony has thinned with the economy, perhaps: Who can really afford just to pretend to DIY today?Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.|Ana Marie Cox|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Quickly, the lines between their pretend feelings for each other and their real ones are blurred.Team Peeta or Team Gale: Why the ‘Hunger Games’ Love Triangle Ruins ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’|Kevin Fallon|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or: “Jazz: Just pretend you like it, that's what everyone else is doing.”
So just pretend that stuff never happens, would you, ladies?Renee Zellweger’s Fine, But We Need Some Work: The Toxic Pursuit of ‘Effortless’ Beauty|Amanda Marcotte|October 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He might pretend to cynicism to hide his deep pleasure in it; none the less, he was moved profoundly.Mavericks|William MacLeod Raine
I cannot pretend to discuss the subject fully in a mere note, even if I were otherwise competent to do it.The Christian Life|Thomas Arnold
I'd never pretend to be what I was not—I didn't ever pretend to have what I didn't have.The Broken Gate|Emerson Hough
He does not pretend to be just, while he is committing, or winking at, the most intolerable injustices.God and Mr. Wells|William Archer
He could pretend that he had mistaken it for his own caravan or had got on to it by mistake or—or anything.More William|Richmal Crompton
Word Origin for pretend
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).