insincerely or falsely professed: a pretended interest in art.
feigned, fictitious, or counterfeit: His pretended wealth was proved to be nonexistent.
alleged or asserted; reputed.
- pre·tend·ed·ly, adverb
- self-pre·tend·ed, adjective
- un·pre·tend·ed, adjective
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How to use pretended in a sentence
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 | Kevin Fallon | November 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Our Pashto interpreter explained how he had pretended to be a Pakistani policeman when interested crowds approached the compound.
When he stopped by with the mail, he smiled, and we all pretended things were normal.
Backers of the bill pretended that these were the only legal experts in America who have a view on the law.Are Opponents of Arizona's Anti-Gay Law Eager to Deceive? | Kirsten Powers | March 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He is at last what he always pretended to be but never was: the Greatest.
One little girl attempted to smell at the trees in a drawing and pretended to feed some pictorial dogs.Children's Ways | James Sully
Under the pressing circumstances the military authorities pretended to be doing something there, and sent up a commission.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The three fingers shot up at once and waved at me, but I pretended not to see them and turned to my guest.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
At the island of Cebu, Magellan made friends with the king, who was baptised by the priests, and pretended to become a Christian.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
One or two ast him square, I b'lieve, but he either pretended not to hear 'em, or got out of it somehow.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes