What does pretend mean?

pretend meaning in General Dictionary

imagined as in a play

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  • behave unnaturally or affectedly
  • put forward a claim and assert right or possession of
  • submit, of a guess, in spite of feasible refutation
  • express fictitiously, as with a play, or imagine is or behave like
  • make believe with all the intention to deceive
  • state insincerely
  • the enactment of a pretense
  • To lay a claim to to allege a title to to claim
  • to set up or claim undoubtedly or falsely to allege a title to set claim to or strive after one thing frequently with to
  • To set a claim to; to allege a title to; to claim.
  • to keep before, or submit, as a cloak or disguise for something else; to exhibit as a veil for anything hidden.
  • to put on down, or express, falsely; to place ahead, or offer, as true or real (some thing untrue or unreal); showing hypocritically, or even for the goal of deceiving; to simulate; to feign; because, to imagine friendship.
  • To plan; to style; to land; to attempt.
  • to keep before one; to give.
  • to set up, or make, a claim, certainly or falsely; to allege a title; to put claim to, or try after, anything; -- generally with to.
  • to carry out of the appearance to be, possessing, or doing; to profess; in order to make believe; to feign; to sham; as, to pretend to be asleep.

pretend meaning in Law Dictionary

To feign or simulate; to hold that down as genuine that is untrue or baseless. Rrown v. Perez (Tex. Civ. App.) 25 S. W. 9S3; Powell v. Yeazel, 40 Neb. 225, 04 N. W. 095. Regarding the guideline from the investing of "any pretended right or subject," see PUETENSED RIGHT OR TITLE.


pretend meaning in Etymology Dictionary

belated 14c., "to profess, assert, protect" (a claim, etc.), "to direct (one's) attempts," from Old French pretendre "to set claim," from Latin praetendere "extend in the front, put forward, claim," from prae "before" (see pre-) + tendere "to extend," from PIE root *ten- "to extend" (see often tend). Main contemporary feeling of "feign, submit an untrue claim" is taped from c.1400; the older sense of just "to claim" is behind the string of royal pretenders (1690s) in English record. Meaning "to play, make-believe" is recorded from 1865. In 17c. imagine in addition could imply "make a suit of marriage for," from a feeling in French. Related: Pretended; pretending.

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  • "fact of pretending," 1888, from youngsters' talk, from pretend (v.). Earlier in the day in same sense was verbal noun pretending (1640s).

Sentence Examples with the word pretend

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