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English verb: feign

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

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

Synonymsaffect, dissemble, 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. feign (creation) make a pretence of

SamplesShe assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger.
He feigned sleep.

Synonymsassume, sham, simulate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)act, dissemble, pretend

Narrower (hyponym)feint, play

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