pretend

  • 1 Pretend — Pre*tend , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pretended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pretending}.] [OE. pretenden to lay claim to, F. pr[ e]tendre, L. praetendere, praetentum, to stretch forward, pretend, simulate, assert; prae before + tendere to stretch. See {Tend}, v …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 pretend — [prē tend′, pritend′] vt. [ME pretenden, to intend < MFr pretendre < L praetendere, to hold forth, allege < prae , before + tendere, to stretch: see THIN] 1. to claim; profess; allege [to pretend ignorance of the law] 2. to claim or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 Pretend — Pre*tend , v. i. 1. To put in, or make, a claim, truly or falsely; to allege a title; to lay claim to, or strive after, something; usually with to. Countries that pretend to freedom. Swift. [1913 Webster] For to what fine he would anon pretend,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 pretend to — [phrasal verb] pretend to (something) formal : to claim that you have (something, such as a quality or ability) She pretends to a deep religious devotion, but I don t believe her. usually used in negative statements I don t pretend to any… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 5 pretend — [v1] fake, falsify act, affect, allege, assume, be deceitful, beguile, be hypocritical, bluff, cheat, claim, claim falsely, counterfeit, cozen, deceive, delude, dissemble, dissimulate, dupe, fake out*, feign, fish*, fool, fudge*, hoodwink*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 pretend — ► VERB 1) make it appear that something is the case when in fact it is not. 2) engage in an imaginative game. 3) simulate (an emotion or quality). 2) (pretend to) lay claim to (a quality or title). ► ADJECTIVE informal ▪ imaginary; make believe …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 pretend — I verb act, affect, assume, be deceitful, be hypocritical, beguile, bemask, bluff, cheat, claim falsely, counterfeit, cozen, deceive, delude, disguise, dissemble, dissimulare, dissimulate, dupe, fake, falsify, feign, fingere, fool, give a false… …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 pretend to be — index assume (simulate), impersonate, pose (impersonate) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 9 pretend — (v.) late 14c., to profess, assert, maintain (a claim, etc.), to direct (one s) efforts, from O.Fr. pretendre to lay claim, from L. praetendere stretch in front, put forward, allege, from prae before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + tendere to stretch,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 10 pretend — *assume, affect, simulate, feign, counterfeit, sham Analogous words: *disguise, dissemble, cloak, mask, camouflage: *deceive, delude, mislead, beguile …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 11 pretend — I UK [prɪˈtend] / US verb Word forms pretend : present tense I/you/we/they pretend he/she/it pretends present participle pretending past tense pretended past participle pretended ** 1) [intransitive/transitive] to behave in a particular way… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 pretend — pre|tend1 [ prı tend ] verb ** 1. ) intransitive or transitive to behave in a particular way because you want someone to believe that something is true when it is not: We were never going to make the marriage work, so why pretend? pretend to do… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 pretend — pre|tend1 W3S2 [prıˈtend] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: praetendere to stretch out in front, make an excuse , from tendere to stretch ] 1.) [I and T] to behave as if something is true when in fact you know it is not, in order to deceive… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 pretend — 1 /prI tend/ verb 1 (I, T) to behave as if something is true when in fact you know it is not: We re not really sisters; we were just pretending. | pretend (that): The candidate pretended she had worked for a newspaper before. | pretend to do sth …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 pretend — /pri tend /, v.t. 1. to cause or attempt to cause (what is not so) to seem so: to pretend illness; to pretend that nothing is wrong. 2. to appear falsely, as to deceive; feign: to pretend to go to sleep. 3. to make believe: The children pretended …

    Universalium

  • 16 pretend — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} verb ADVERB ▪ otherwise ▪ You know what this is all about. Why pretend otherwise? ▪ at least ▪ Couldn t you at least pretend to enjoy it? ▪ just …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 pretend — [[t]prɪte̱nd[/t]] pretends, pretending, pretended 1) VERB If you pretend that something is the case, you act in a way that is intended to make people believe that it is the case, although in fact it is not. [V that] I pretend that things are… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 pretend — pre•tend [[t]prɪˈtɛnd[/t]] v. 1) to cause or attempt to cause (what is not so) to seem so; claim: pretending that nothing is wrong[/ex] 2) to put forward a false appearance of, as to deceive; feign: to pretend illness[/ex] 3) to make believe: The …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 pretend — 01. The children were [pretending] to be cats by walking on all fours, and making meowing sounds. 02. You knew I was angry with you; don t [pretend] you didn t. 03. When my daughter was little, she liked to listen to Pachabel s canon, and… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 20 pretend — I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French pretendre, from Latin praetendere to allege as an excuse, literally, to stretch out, from prae pre + tendere to stretch more at thin Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to give a false… …

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