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Synonyms for pretend
prɪˈtɛndpre·tend

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English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. pretend

    The distinctive idea of assume is to take by one's own independent volition, whether well or ill, rightfully or wrongfully. One may accept an obligation or assume an authority that properly belongs to him, or he may assume an obligation or indebtedness that could not be required of him. He may assume authority or office that is his right; if he assumes what does not belong to him, he is said to arrogate or usurp it. A man may usurp the substance of power in the most unpretending way; what he arrogates to himself he assumes with a haughty and overbearing manner. One assumes the robes or insignia of office by putting them on, with or without right. If he takes to himself the credit and appearance of qualities he does not possess, he is said to affect or feign, or to pretend to, the character he thus assumes. What a debater postulates he openly states and takes for granted without proof; what he assumes he may take for granted without mention. A favorite trick of the sophist is quietly to assume as true what would at once be challenged if expressly stated. What a man claims he asserts his right to take; what he assumes he takes.

    Synonyms:
    accept, affect, appropriate, arrogate, assume, claim, feign, postulate, presume, put on, take, usurp

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms4.5 / 2 votes

  1. pretend

    Synonyms:
    feign, similate, offer, allege, exhibit, propound, affect, profess

    Antonyms:
    verify, unmask, detect, test, substantiate, refute

Princeton's WordNet2.0 / 1 vote

  1. make-believe, pretendadjective

    the enactment of a pretense

    "it was just pretend"

    Synonyms:
    pretense, pretence, make-believe

    Antonyms:
    real, existent

  2. make-believe, pretendverb

    imagined as in a play

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

    Synonyms:
    make-believe

    Antonyms:
    real, existent

  3. feign, sham, pretend, affect, dissembleverb

    make believe with the intent to deceive

    "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"

    Synonyms:
    bear upon, make believe, mask, touch, cloak, touch on, strike, dissemble, move, assume, involve, venture, simulate, impress, affect, hazard, feign, act, impact, sham, guess, profess, bear on, regard, make

    Antonyms:
    existent, real

  4. dissemble, pretend, actverb

    behave unnaturally or affectedly

    "She's just acting"

    Synonyms:
    dissemble, make believe, play, represent, mask, move, work, cloak, venture, roleplay, playact, affect, hazard, feign, do, act, sham, guess, profess, behave, make, act as

    Antonyms:
    real, existent

  5. pretendverb

    put forward a claim and assert right or possession of

    "pretend the title of King"

    Synonyms:
    act, make, guess, affect, feign, dissemble, hazard, make believe, profess, sham, venture

    Antonyms:
    real, existent

  6. guess, venture, pretend, hazardverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    guess, run a risk, imagine, infer, opine, adventure, gauge, dissemble, make believe, gamble, sham, chance, reckon, suppose, embark, venture, estimate, affect, hazard, think, jeopardize, stake, act, take chances, approximate, profess, judge, take a chance, risk, make, feign

    Antonyms:
    real, existent

  7. make, pretend, make believeverb

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

    "She makes like an actress"

    Synonyms:
    earn, create, take in, pass water, dissemble, relieve oneself, score, lay down, pull in, progress to, prepare, get, stool, make up, hit, arrive at, cook, attain, fix, establish, seduce, defecate, urinate, work, wee, puddle, reach, take, have, pee-pee, shit, stimulate, pee, get to, construct, act, throw, hazard, form, gain, micturate, take a shit, venture, cause, realise, do, give, crap, affect, take a leak, sham, induce, hold, clear, make water, spend a penny, produce, nominate, wee-wee, ready, piss, name, guess, take a crap, draw, bring in, make believe, constitute, feign, realize, piddle, profess, ca-ca, build, make

    Antonyms:
    real, existent

  8. profess, pretendverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    act, make, feign, confess, affect, dissemble, hazard, concede, make believe, profess, sham, venture, guess

    Antonyms:
    existent, real

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. pretendverb

    Synonyms:
    feign, affect, simulate, counterfeit, sham

  2. pretendverb

    Synonyms:
    make believe, make a show, profess falsely

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words5.0 / 1 vote

  1. pretendverb

    Synonyms:
    claim, simulate, feign, affect

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "pretend":

    pretending, make-believe, claim, simulate

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How to use pretend in a sentence?

  1. Edward Mullins:

    The truth of the matter is the mayor knows there is bad blood between the rank and file, and the mayor wants to pretend like he didn't create it, but he did.

  2. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.:

    Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be.

  3. Doris Lessing:

    What's terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better.

  4. Anthony Romero:

    Either you prosecute those who committed the torture or you grant the pardons. You don't pretend that the people who broke the law are not criminals.

  5. Jim Cohen:

    Believe me, there's already more than a fair amount of skepticism about whether this process was fair, notwithstanding Mr. McCulloch's cynical attempt to pretend that it was fair.


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