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PRETEND

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pretend mean? 

PRETEND (noun)
  The noun PRETEND has 1 sense:

1. the enactment of a pretense

  Familiarity information: PRETEND used as a noun is very rare.


PRETEND (adjective)
  The adjective PRETEND has 1 sense:

1. imagined as in a play

  Familiarity information: PRETEND used as an adjective is very rare.


PRETEND (verb)
  The verb PRETEND has 6 senses:

1. make believe with the intent to deceive
2. behave unnaturally or affectedly
3. put forward a claim and assert right or possession of
4. put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation
5. represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like
6. state insincerely

  Familiarity information: PRETEND used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRETEND (noun)


Sense 1pretend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The enactment of a pretense

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

pretend; make-believe

Context example:

it was just pretend

Hypernyms ("pretend" is a kind of...):

feigning; pretence; pretending; pretense; simulation (the act of giving a false appearance)


PRETEND (adjective)


Sense 1pretend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Imagined as in a play

Synonyms:

make-believe; pretend

Context examples:

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

Similar:

unreal (lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria)


PRETEND (verb)


Sense 1pretend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make believe with the intent to deceive

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

pretend; feign; dissemble; sham; affect

Context examples:

He feigned that he was ill / He shammed a headache

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

belie; misrepresent (represent falsely)

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

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 2pretend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Behave unnaturally or affectedly

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

pretend; dissemble; act

Context example:

She's just acting

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

assume; feign; sham; simulate (make a pretence of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 3pretend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put forward a claim and assert right or possession of

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

pretend the title of King

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

arrogate; claim; lay claim (demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4pretend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

hazard; guess; venture; pretend

Context examples:

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

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

speculate (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)

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

anticipate; call; forebode; foretell; predict; prognosticate; promise (make a prediction about; tell in advance)

surmise; suspect (imagine to be the case or true or probable)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 5pretend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

make believe; pretend; make

Context example:

She makes like an actress

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

act; play; represent (play a role or part)

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

go through the motions (pretend to do something by acting as if one was really doing it)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 6pretend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

State insincerely

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

pretend; profess

Context examples:

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

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

claim (assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


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