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English adjective: pretend

1. pretend imagined as in a play

SamplesThe make-believe world of theater.
Play money.
Dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish.



Antonymsreal, existent

English noun: pretend

1. pretend (act) the enactment of a pretense

SamplesIt was just pretend.


Broader (hypernym)feigning, pretence, pretending, pretense, simulation

English verb: pretend

1. pretend (communication) make believe with the intent to deceive

SamplesHe feigned that he was ill.
He shammed a headache.

Synonymsaffect, dissemble, feign, sham

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)belie, misrepresent

Narrower (hyponym)bull, bullshit, fake, mouth, play possum, take a dive, talk through one's hat

Verb groupmake, make believe, pretend

2. pretend (creation) behave unnaturally or affectedly

SamplesShe's just acting.

Synonymsact, dissemble

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)assume, feign, sham, simulate

Verb groupact, behave, do

3. pretend (possession) put forward a claim and assert right or possession of

SamplesPretend the title of King.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)arrogate, claim, lay claim

4. pretend (communication) put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation

SamplesI am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again.
I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong.

Synonymsguess, hazard, venture

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)speculate

Narrower (hyponym)anticipate, call, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise, surmise, suspect

5. pretend (communication) represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like

SamplesShe makes like an actress.

Synonymsmake, make believe

Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)act, play, represent

Narrower (hyponym)go through the motions

Verb groupaffect, dissemble, feign, pretend, sham

6. pretend (communication) state insincerely

SamplesHe professed innocence but later admitted his guilt.
She pretended not to have known the suicide bomber.
She pretends to be an expert on wine.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)claim

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