verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of pretend
synonym study for pretend
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pretendportend, pretend
Words nearby pretend
Example sentences from the Web for pretend
Let’s pretend that politicians wake up and don’t reopen restaurants and we avoid a big wave in March.Why Opening Restaurants Is Exactly What the Coronavirus Wants Us to Do|Caroline Chen|February 6, 2021|ProPublica
After a certain point, you can’t even pretend that you have control.
We should not pretend that the Facebook Oversight Board is more than a McGuffin designed to distract us from serious issues.Facebook's "Oversight Board" Is a Sham. The Answer to the Capitol Riot Is Regulating Social Media|Maria Ressa|January 28, 2021|Time
It’s terrible, and you constantly have to pretend you like it.Why You Don't Feel as Fulfilled From Your Job as You Think You Should|Eliana Dockterman|January 25, 2021|Time
I wasn’t, but I pretended otherwise, just to see if Pennyroyal Station followed through on requests.Like a good neighbor, Pennyroyal Station is there for you|Tom Sietsema|January 22, 2021|Washington Post
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
Sure, some parents would rather pretend their kids would never look at that stuff.The Next Frontier of Sex Ed: How Porn Twists Teens’ Brains|Aurora Snow|November 29, 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.”
A quite young child will, for example, pretend to do something, as to take an empty cup and carry out the semblance of drinking.Children's Ways|James Sully
I believe I murmured something suitable, but it was absurd to pretend to be overjoyed at the news.Uncanny Tales|Various
That my aspirations were satisfied I do not pretend, for ambition forbade any settled feeling of rest or content.
I've only known Indian rivers for five and twenty years, and I don't pretend to understand.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
We shall have to pretend to do some gun practice, and drop a shell on to its surface to find out.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton