Definitions for pretendprɪˈtɛnd
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to cause or attempt to cause (what is not so) to seem so; claim:
pretending that nothing is wrong.
to put forward a false appearance of, as to deceive; feign:
to pretend illness.
to make believe:
The children pretended they were cowboys.
to presume; venture:
I can't pretend to say what went wrong.
to allege or profess, esp. insincerely or falsely:
He pretended to have no knowledge of her whereabouts.
(v.i.)to make believe.
to lay claim to (usu. fol. by to):
to pretend to the throne.
to make pretensions (usu. fol. by to):
to pretend to great knowledge.
Obs. to aspire, as a suitor or candidate (fol. by to).
Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal
* Syn: pretend , affect , assume , feign imply an attempt to create a false appearance. To pretend is to create an imaginary characteristic or to play a part: to pretend sorrow. To affect is to make a consciously artificial show of having qualities that one thinks would look well and impress others: to affect shyness. To assume is to take on or put on a specific outward appearance, often with intent to deceive: to assume an air of indifference. To feign implies using ingenuity in pretense, and some degree of imitation of appearance or characteristics: to feign surprise.
Origin of pretend:
1325–75; < L praetendere to stretch forth, put forward, pretend. See pre -, tend1
the enactment of a pretense
"it was just pretend"
imagined as in a play
"the make-believe world of theater"; "play money"; "dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish"
feign, sham, pretend, affect, dissemble(verb)
make believe with the intent to deceive
"He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"
dissemble, pretend, act(verb)
behave unnaturally or affectedly
"She's just acting"
put forward a claim and assert right or possession of
"pretend the title of King"
guess, venture, pretend, hazard(verb)
put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation
"I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again"; "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"
make, pretend, make believe(verb)
represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like
"She makes like an actress"
"He professed innocence but later admitted his guilt"; "She pretended not to have known the suicide bomber"; "She pretends to be an expert on wine"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to say or do sth false in order to trick people
She pretended that she hadn't seen the other girls.; websites pretending to advise you of problems with your bank account; to pretend innocence
(of children) to play by imagining sth
They pretended they were in outer space.; We don't need costumes, we can just pretend.
imagined for fun
kids driving pretend cars
To claim, allege, especially when falsely or as a form of deliberate deception.
To feign, affect (a state, quality etc.).
To lay claim to (an ability, status, advantage etc.).
To make oneself appear to do or be doing something; to engage in make-believe.
Origin: From pretendre, pretendre (French prétendre), from praetendere, present active infinitive of praetendo, from prae- + tendo; see tend.
to lay a claim to; to allege a title to; to claim
to hold before, or put forward, as a cloak or disguise for something else; to exhibit as a veil for something hidden
to hold out, or represent, falsely; to put forward, or offer, as true or real (something untrue or unreal); to show hypocritically, or for the purpose of deceiving; to simulate; to feign; as, to pretend friendship
to intend; to design; to plot; to attempt
to hold before one; to extend
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
to hold out the appearance of being, possessing, or performing; to profess; to make believe; to feign; to sham; as, to pretend to be asleep
Translations for pretend
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to make believe that something is true, in play
Let's pretend that this room is a cave!; Pretend to be a lion!; He wasn't really angry; – he was only pretending.
- maak ofAfrikaans
- يَدَّعي أنَّهArabic
- fazer de contaPortuguese (BR)
- dělat jako byCzech
- so tun als obGerman
- foregive; lade som omDanish
- προσποιούμαι, παριστάνωGreek
- fingir, simularSpanish
- وانمود کردنFarsi
- faire semblant (de, que)French
- לְשָׂחֵק כְּאִילוּHebrew
- अभिनय करनाHindi
- pretvarati seCroatian
- fare finta, fingereItalian
- iztēloties; izliktiesLatvian
- doen alsofDutch
- late som om, leke (at), innbille segNorwegian
- وانمود کردنPersian
- پلمه كولPashto
- fazer de contaPortuguese
- a-şi închipui; a pretinde; a se prefaceRomanian
- делать видRussian
- robiť sa, žeSlovak
- delati seSlovenian
- pretvarati seSerbian
- numara yapmak, ...-mış gibi görünmekTurkish
- 使信以為真，假裝Chinese (Trad.)
- робити вигляд; симулюватиUkrainian
- بہانہ کرناUrdu
- giả vờ; làm ra vẻVietnamese
- 使信以为真，假装Chinese (Simp.)
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