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 Dictionary entry overview: What does feign mean? 

FEIGN (verb)
  The verb FEIGN has 2 senses:

1. make believe with the intent to deceive
2. make a pretence of

  Familiarity information: FEIGN used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

FEIGN (verb)

Sense 1feign [BACK TO TOP]


Make believe with the intent to deceive

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


dissemble; feign; pretend; sham; affect

Context examples:

He feigned that he was ill / He shammed a headache

Hypernyms (to "feign" is one way to...):

belie; misrepresent (represent falsely)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "feign"):

play possum (to pretend to be dead)

take a dive (pretend to be knocked out, as of a boxer)

bull; bullshit; fake (talk through one's hat)

mouth (articulate silently; form words with the lips only)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Sense 2feign [BACK TO TOP]


Make a pretence of

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing


sham; feign; simulate; assume

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "feign" is one way to...):

act; dissemble; pretend (behave unnaturally or affectedly)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "feign"):

play (pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity)

feint (deceive by a mock action)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

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