pretend[ pri-tend ]SEE DEFINITION OF pretend
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PRETEND
She would fall in with his better mood and pretend goodness!
I must not pretend, then, that I have a system ready to replace all the other systems.
When they come in, pretend you just came here in order to meet me.
Why did you pretend to me that you and your wife were alone in the room—when you had that there with you, eh?
Stretch yourself full-length in this arm-chair, and pretend to be dead.
Why, now, will you have the assurance to pretend to forget who I am?
He resolved to pretend to be dumb, and he charged Terence not to betray him.
It was vain to pretend to himself that he was not disappointed.
Why did you pretend to be my counsellor and friend, when you were my rival?
I pretend not to say it is so; but it must be allowed it looks very much like it.
late 14c., "to profess, assert, maintain" (a claim, etc.), "to direct (one's) efforts," from Old French pretendre "to lay claim," from Latin praetendere "stretch in front, put forward, allege," from prae "before" (see pre-) + tendere "to stretch," from PIE root *ten- "to stretch" (see tend).
Main modern sense of "feign, put forward a false claim" is recorded from c.1400; the older sense of simply "to claim" is behind the string of royal pretenders (1690s) in English history. Meaning "to play, make believe" is recorded from 1865. In 17c. pretend also could mean "make a suit of marriage for," from a sense in French. Related: Pretended; pretending.
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