• Pronunciation of pretend: P R IY0 T EH1 N D (prɪ'tɛnd)

  • Number of syllables of pretend: 2

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  • Definition of pretend

    • (n): the enactment of a pretense; "it was just pretend"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"  
    • (v): represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like; "She makes like an actress"  
    • (v): put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation; "I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again"; "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"  
    • (v): behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She''s just acting"  
    • (v): put forward a claim and assert right or possession of; "pretend the title of King"  
    • (s): imagined as in a play; "the make-believe world of theater"; "play money"; "dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish"  
  • Examples of pretend

    • I won't pretend to the level of erudition in that comment.  
    • We don't have to pretend we're literal dullards.  
    • I had to pretend that I was his moll.  
    • Don't pretend that I'm the recalcitrant one.  
    • Allen tries to pretend not to notice the princess' infatuation with him.  
    • But let's not pretend it's the end of the world.  
    • They pretend to check the damage from the storm.  
    • I guess you aren't the tough aesthete you pretend to be.  
    • I guess you 'really' aren't the tough aesthete you pretend to be.  
    • Now, I don't pretend to foresee the future or pre suppose.  

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