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pretend

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pretend \Pre*tend"\, verb (used with an object) [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}, verb (used with an object) ]

1. To lay a claim to; to allege a title to; to claim.

Chiefs shall be grudged the part which they pretend. --Dryden.

2. To hold before, or put forward, as a cloak or disguise for something else; to exhibit as a veil for something hidden. [R.]

Lest that too heavenly form, pretended To hellish falsehood, snare them. --Milton.

3. 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.

This let him know, Lest, willfully transgressing, he pretend Surprisal. --Milton.

4. To intend; to design; to plot; to attempt. [Obs.]

Such as shall pretend Malicious practices against his state. --Shak.

5. To hold before one; to extend. [Obs.] "His target always over her pretended." --Spenser.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pretend \Pre*tend"\, verb (used without an object)

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.

For to what fine he would anon pretend, That know I well. --Chaucer.

2. 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. "[He] pretended to drink the waters." --Macaulay.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

pretend

adjective

1: imagined as in a play; "the make-believe world of theater"; "play money"; "dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish" [syn: {make-believe}, {pretend}]

noun

1: the enactment of a pretense; "it was just pretend" [syn: {make-believe}, {pretend}]

verb

1: make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache" [syn: {feign}, {sham}, {pretend}, {affect}, {dissemble}]

2: behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting" [syn: {dissemble}, {pretend}, {act}]

3: put forward a claim and assert right or possession of; "pretend the title of King"

4: 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" [syn: {guess}, {venture}, {pretend}, {hazard}]

5: represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like; "She makes like an actress" [syn: {make}, {pretend}, {make believe}]

6: state insincerely; "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" [syn: {profess}, {pretend}]

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