|1.||[ verb ] make believe with the intent to deceive|
|Synonyms:||affect feign dissemble sham|
"He feigned that he was ill" "He shammed a headache"
|Related terms:||misrepresent mouth play_possum waffle take_a_dive make hypocrite imposter pretense pretense malingerer|
|2.||[ verb ] behave unnaturally or affectedly|
"She's just acting"
|Related terms:||simulate act act|
|3.||[ verb ] state insincerely|
"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"
|4.||[ noun ] the enactment of a pretense|
"it was just pretend"
|Related terms:||pretense make|
|5.||[ verb ] put forward a claim and assert right or possession of|
"pretend the title of King"
|Related terms:||claim pretender|
|6.||[ verb ] put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation|
|Synonyms:||guess venture hazard|
"I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again" "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"
|Related terms:||speculate predict suspect luck guess guesser|
|7.||[ verb ] (theater) represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like|
"She makes like an actress"
|Related terms:||act imitate go_through_the_motions feign|
|8.||[ adjective ] imagined as in a play|
"the make-believe world of theater" "play money" "dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish"