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Definition 1: the enactment of a pretense - [noun denoting act]

Samples where pretend or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was just pretend

Synonyms for pretend in the sense of this definition

(pretend is a kind of ...) the act of giving a false appearance

"his conformity was only pretending"

Definition 2: make believe with the intent to deceive - [verb of communication]

Samples where pretend or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He feigned that he was ill
  • He shammed a headache

Synonyms for pretend in the sense of this definition

(pretend is a kind of ...) represent falsely

"This statement misrepresents my intentions"

(... is a kind of pretend ) to pretend to be dead

(... is a kind of pretend ) pretend to be knocked out, as of a boxer

(... is a kind of pretend ) speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths

"The politician was not well prepared for the debate and faked it"

(... is a kind of pretend ) articulate silently; form words with the lips only

"She mouthed a swear word"

(pretend has a similar meaning as ...) represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like

"She makes like an actress"

Definition 3: represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like - [verb of communication]

Samples where pretend or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She makes like an actress

Synonyms for pretend in the sense of this definition

(pretend is a kind of ...) play a role or part

"Gielgud played Hamlet" "She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role" "She played the servant to her husband's master"

(... is a kind of pretend ) pretend to do something by acting as if one was really doing it

"She isn't really working--she's just going through the motions"

(pretend has a similar meaning as ...) make believe with the intent to deceive

"He feigned that he was ill" "He shammed a headache"

Definition 4: put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation - [verb of communication]

Samples where pretend or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for pretend in the sense of this definition

(pretend is a kind of ...) talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason to reach a conclusion

"We were speculating whether the President had to resign after the scandal"

(... is a kind of pretend ) make a prediction about; tell in advance

"Call the outcome of an election"

(... is a kind of pretend ) imagine to be the case or true or probable

"I suspect he is a fugitive" "I surmised that the butler did it"

Definition 5: state insincerely - [verb of communication]

Samples where pretend or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for pretend in the sense of this definition

(pretend is a kind of ...) assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing

"He claimed that he killed the burglar"

Definition 6: behave unnaturally or affectedly - [verb of creation]

Samples where pretend or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She's just acting

Synonyms for pretend in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of pretend ) make a pretence of

"She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger" "he feigned sleep"

(pretend has a similar meaning as ...) behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself

"You should act like an adult" "Don't behave like a fool" "What makes her do this way?" "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"

Definition 7: put forward a claim and assert right or possession of - [verb of possession]

Samples where pretend or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • pretend the title of King

(pretend is a kind of ...) demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to

"He claimed his suitcases at the airline counter" "Mr. Smith claims special tax exemptions because he is a foreign resident"

Definition 8: imagined as in a play - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where pretend or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the make-believe world of theater
  • play money
  • dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish

Synonyms for pretend in the sense of this definition

(pretend is similar to ...) lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria

"ghosts and other unreal entities" "unreal propaganda serving as news"

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