Origin of pretended
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of pretend
Synonyms for pretend
Related Words for pretendedmock, fake, professed, counterfeit, cheating, assumed, avowed, masked, affected, concealed, quack, pretend, feigned, supposed, simulated, sham, falsified, lying, purported, bluffing
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Contemporary Examples of pretended
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.‘My Crazy Love’ Reveals the Craziest Lies People Tell for Love
November 18, 2014
Our Pashto interpreter explained how he had pretended to be a Pakistani policeman when interested crowds approached the compound.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
When he stopped by with the mail, he smiled, and we all pretended things were normal.Bergdahl’s Dad: Drone Killed Captor’s Kid
June 6, 2014
I offered him my hand in congratulation, and he seized and shook it like the good-natured fool he was—or pretended to be.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
I pretended to be a 35-year-old man from Kansas with a spouse and child.Why Obamacare Could Help the Democrats in 2014
December 5, 2013
Historical Examples of pretended
She pretended that at first she took young Bines for what we all took him, an employee of the mine.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Her mother laughed merrily, and pretended to box her daughter's ears.
And he pretended he had got it, and read me such a beautiful letter from his mother!
"You've always said she hadn't, and pretended to be glad of it; I won't contradict," I returned.
I did not love you; I do not think I have pretended to love you.
Word Origin for pretend
mid-15c., "so-called," past participle adjective from pretend (v.).
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).