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
Synonyms: act dissemble

"She's just acting"

Related terms: simulate act act
3. [ verb ] state insincerely
Synonyms: profess

"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"

Related terms: claim
4. [ noun ] the enactment of a pretense
Synonyms: make-believe

"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
Synonyms: make_believe make

"She makes like an actress"

Related terms: act imitate go_through_the_motions feign
8. [ adjective ] imagined as in a play
Synonyms: play make-believe

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

Related terms: unreal
Similar spelling:   pretender