Origin of pretended
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of pretend
Examples from the Web for 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|Kevin Fallon|November 18, 2014|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.
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|DAILY BEAST
I pretended to be a 35-year-old man from Kansas with a spouse and child.
When I came down to dessert that evening I pretended to be quite happy and comfortable, and to have nothing on my mind.A Flat Iron for a Farthing|Juliana Horatia Ewing
Miss Lady pretended to effect a part in the few straggling hairs that adorned his forehead.A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill|Alice Hegan Rice
So the king came at night and visited my wife at will, and as if fatigued, pretended to go to sleep, remembering what I had said.The Kath Sarit Sgara|Somadeva Bhatta
Despite his hunger, Grif pretended to consider for a few moments.Grif|B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
It offended verisimilitude, like the pretended anxiety of Robinson Crusoe and others to escape from uninhabited islands.Across the Plains|Robert Louis Stevenson
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).