the enactment of a pretense
"it was just pretend"
imagined as in a play
"the make-believe world of theater"; "play money"; "dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish"
feign, sham, pretend, affect, dissemble(verb)
make believe with the intent to deceive
"He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"
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
dissemble, pretend, act(verb)
behave unnaturally or affectedly
"She's just acting"
put forward a claim and assert right or possession of
"pretend the title of King"
guess, venture, pretend, hazard(verb)
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"
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
make, pretend, make believe(verb)
represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like
"She makes like an actress"
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
"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"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
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How to use pretend in a sentence?
It will change balance sheets massively, you can't be paying rent for an aeroplane you have to stick in the Arizona desert and pretend it's not a liability.
I enjoyed my own nature to the fullest, and we all know that there lies happiness, although, to soothe one another mutually, we occasionally pretend to condemn such joys as selfishness.
We don't have all the answers and we don't pretend to, we believe the next decade will be a transformative time in terms of electrification.
To find yourself jilted is a blow to your pride. Do your best to forget it and if you don't succeed, at least pretend to.
The EPA is allowing more harmful air pollution to be sent from big polluters in one state to neighboring states, refusing to control the pollution, then lying about what is an obvious rollback, the EPA's absurd to pretend this so-called' guidance' doesn't change what's acceptable : the purpose of the rollback memo is to let upwind states pollute more and refuse to control harmful smog and soot they emit into neighboring states.
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- زعم, ادعىArabic
- fer veure, fingirCatalan, Valencian
- teeskennellä, väittääFinnish
- faire semblant, feindre, prétendre, prétendre àFrench
- leig airScottish Gaelic
- 装う, 振りをする, 見せ掛けるJapanese
- fingo, simuloLatin
- whakataruna, whakatakuneMāori
- berlagak, berpura-puraMalay
- doen alsof, veinzen, voorwendenDutch
- preface, pretindeRomanian
- притворяться, делать вид, притвориться, сделать видRussian
- удавати, вдаватиUkrainian
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