HyperDic: pretend

English > 8 senses of the word pretend:
VERBcommunicationpretend, feign, sham, affect, dissemblemake believe with the intent to deceive / deceive
creationpretend, dissemble, actbehave unnaturally or affectedly
possessionpretendput forward a claim and assert right or possession of
communicationpretend, guess, venture, hazardput forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation
communicationpretend, make, make believerepresent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like
communicationpretend, professstate insincerely
NOUNactpretend, make-believethe enactment of a pretense
ADJECTIVEallpretend, make-believeimagined as in a play
pretend > pronunciation
Soundspriyteh'nd
Rhymesamend ... wend: 48 rhymes with ehnd...
English > pretend: 8 senses > adjective 1
Meaningimagined as in a play.
Example "dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish"
Synonymmake-believe
Broaderunreallacking in reality or substance or genuineness
English > pretend: 8 senses > noun 1, act
MeaningThe enactment of a pretense.
Example"it was just pretend"
Synonymmake-believe
Broaderpretense, pretence, pretending, simulation, feigningThe act of giving a false / false / false appearance
Catalansimulació
Spanishfantasía, imaginación
Verbspretendrepresent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like
English > pretend: 8 senses > verb 1, communication
Meaningmake believe with the intent to deceive / deceive.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s that CLAUSE; Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE
Synonymsfeign, sham, affect, dissemble
Narrowermoutharticulate silently
play possumTo pretend / pretend to be dead
take a divepretend / pretend to be knocked out, as of a boxer
talk through one's hat, bullshit, bull, fakeSpeak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths
Broadermisrepresent, belierepresent falsely
Similar tomake, pretend, make believerepresent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like
Catalanaparençar, fingir, simular
Spanishafectar, aparentar, fingir, pretender, simular
Nounspretendera person who makes deceitful pretenses
pretense, pretendingthe act of giving a false / false / false appearance
pretensepretending with intention to deceive / deceive
English > pretend: 8 senses > verb 2, creation
MeaningBehave unnaturally or affectedly.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s something
Synonymsdissemble, act
Narrowersimulate, assume, sham, feignmake a pretence of
Similar toact, behave, doBehave in a certain manner
Catalanactuar, dissimular
Spanishactuar, dissimular
Nounspretendera person who makes deceitful pretenses
English > pretend: 8 senses > verb 3, possession
MeaningPut forward a claim and assert right or possession of.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"pretend the title of King"
Broaderclaim, lay claim, arrogatedemand as being one's due or property
NounsPretendera claimant to the throne or to the office of ruler (usually without just title)
pretensea false / false or unsupportable quality
pretensionthe advancing of a claim
English > pretend: 8 senses > verb 4, communication
MeaningPut forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Example "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"
Synonymsguess, venture, hazard
Narrowerpredict, foretell, prognosticate, call, forebode, anticipate, promisemake a prediction about
suspect, surmiseimagine to be the case or true or probable
Broaderspeculatetalk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason to reach a conclusion
Catalanaventurar, conjecturar, endevinar
Spanishadivinar, aventurar, conjeturar, especular
English > pretend: 8 senses > verb 5, communication
Meaningrepresent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like.
PatternSomebody ----s that CLAUSE
Synonymsmake, make believe
Narrowergo through the motionspretend to do something by acting as if one was really doing it
Broaderact, play, representPlay a role or part
Similar tofeign, sham, pretend, affect, dissemblemake believe with the intent to deceive / deceive
Nounspretendthe enactment of a pretense
English > pretend: 8 senses > verb 6, communication
Meaningstate insincerely.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Examples
  • "She pretended not to have known the suicide bomber"
  • "She pretends to be an expert on wine"
Synonymprofess
Broaderclaimassert or affirm strongly
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