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  1. insincerely or falsely professed: a pretended interest in art.

  2. feigned, fictitious, or counterfeit: His pretended wealth was proved to be nonexistent.

  1. alleged or asserted; reputed.

Origin of pretended

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at pretend, -ed2

Other words from pretended

  • pre·tend·ed·ly, adverb
  • self-pre·tend·ed, adjective
  • un·pre·tend·ed, adjective

Words Nearby pretended Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pretended in a sentence

  • 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.

  • At the island of Cebu, Magellan made friends with the king, who was baptised by the priests, and pretended to become a Christian.

  • 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