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Dictionary definition for: Pretend

1. (n) the enactment of a pretense; "it was just pretend"

2. (v) make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill" "He shammed a headache"

3. (s) imagined as in a play; "the make-believe world of theater" "play money" "dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish"

4. (v) behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She''s just acting"

5. (v) put forward a claim and assert right or possession of; "pretend the title of King"

6. (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"

7. (v) represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like; "She makes like an actress"

8. (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"

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