pretend

[ pri-tend ]
/ prɪˈtɛnd /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

adjective

Informal. make-believe; simulated; counterfeit: pretend diamonds.

Nearby words

  1. pretarsal,
  2. pretarsus,
  3. pretax,
  4. preteen,
  5. pretence,
  6. pretended,
  7. pretender,
  8. pretense,
  9. pretension,
  10. pretensive

Origin of pretend

1325–75; Middle English pretenden < Latin praetendere to stretch forth, put forward, pretend. See pre-, tend1

SYNONYMS FOR pretend
1. simulate, fake, sham, counterfeit. Pretend, affect, assume, feign imply an attempt to create a false appearance. To pretend is to create an imaginary characteristic or to play a part: to pretend sorrow. To affect is to make a consciously artificial show of having qualities that one thinks would look well and impress others: to affect shyness. To assume is to take on or put on a specific outward appearance, often (but not always) with intent to deceive: to assume an air of indifference. To feign implies using ingenuity in pretense, and some degree of imitation of appearance or characteristics: to feign surprise.

Can be confusedportend pretend (see synonym study at the current entry)

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British Dictionary definitions for pretend

pretend

/ (prɪˈtɛnd) /

verb

(when tr, usually takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to claim or allege (something untrue)
(tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to make believe, as in a playyou pretend to be Ophelia
(intr foll by to) to present a claim, esp a dubious oneto pretend to the throne
(intr foll by to) obsolete to aspire as a candidate or suitor (for)

adjective

fanciful; make-believe; simulateda pretend gun

Word Origin for pretend

C14: from Latin praetendere to stretch forth, feign, from prae in front + tendere to stretch

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