pretended

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]:

Pretended \Pre*tend"ed\, adjective Making a false appearance; unreal; false; as, pretended friend. -- {Pre*tend"ed*ly}, adverb

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

pretended

adjective

1: adopted in order to deceive; "an assumed name"; "an assumed cheerfulness"; "a fictitious address"; "fictive sympathy"; "a pretended interest"; "a put-on childish voice"; "sham modesty" [syn: {assumed}, {false}, {fictitious}, {fictive}, {pretended}, {put on}, {sham}]


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