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English verb: dissemble

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

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

Synonymsaffect, feign, pretend, 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. dissemble (perception) hide under a false appearance

SamplesHe masked his disappointment.

Synonymscloak, mask

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

Broader (hypernym)disguise, mask

3. dissemble (creation) behave unnaturally or affectedly

SamplesShe's just acting.

Synonymsact, pretend

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

Narrower (hyponym)assume, feign, sham, simulate

Verb groupact, behave, do

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