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Synonyms for pretend
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. make-believe, pretend(adj)

    the enactment of a pretense

    "it was just pretend"

    Synonyms:
    pretense, pretence, make-believe

    Antonyms:
    real, existent

  2. make-believe, pretend(verb)

    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, dissemble(verb)

    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, act(verb)

    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. pretend(verb)

    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, 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"

    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 believe(verb)

    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, pretend(verb)

    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

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  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 Antonyms

  1. pretend

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. pretend(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    feign, affect, simulate, counterfeit, sham

  2. pretend(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    make believe, make a show, profess falsely

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. pretend(v)

    Synonyms:
    claim, simulate, feign, affect

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    pretending, make-believe, claim, simulate

How to pronounce pretend?

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How to say pretend in sign language?

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How to use pretend in a sentence?

  1. Ellen DeGeneres:

    There's only so many years you can talk about Justin Bieber, i don't care about him and I can't pretend that I do.

  2. Lindsey Graham:

    I'm not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here.

  3. Adam Mosseri:

    The issue of fake news on Facebook has been a hot topic for months, particularly during the recent U.S. presidential election. In one hoax article, for example, Pope Francis was falsely reported to have endorsed Donald Trump. FACEBOOK's' FAKE NEWS' HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR SOCIAL MEDIA REVAMP, EXPERTS SAY Facebook’s Trending Topics section also fell prey to some high-profile fake stories after the social network implemented an algorithmic feed this summer. These included a false article that Fox News had fired anchor Megyn Kelly and a hoax article about the Sept. 11 attacks. On another occasion a seemingly innocent hashtag that appeared in Trending Topics linked to an inappropriate video. The social network announced Thursday that it will make it easier for users to report fake news when they see it, which they can do by clicking the upper right hand corner of a post. If enough people report a story as fake, Facebook will pass it to third-party fact-checking organizations that are part of the nonprofit Poynter Institute's International Fact-Checking Network. Five fact-checking and news organizations are working with the company on this : The Associated Press, The Associated Press, FactCheck.org, Politifact and Snopes. Facebook says this group is likely to expand. FACEBOOK BLOCKS CAR INSURER FROM PROFILING USERS In his blog post, Adam Mosseri explained that if the fact-checking organizations identify a story as a fake, it will get flagged as disputed and there will be a link to a corresponding article explaining why. Stories that have been disputed may also appear lower in News Feed, he added. While users will still be able to share these stories, they will receive a warning that the story has been disputed. Additionally, once a story is flagged, it can not be made into an ad and promoted, according to Facebook. The Menlo Park, California-based firm will also be looking for signs that a story has misled people in some way, such as instances where people are significantly less likely to share a story after reading it. FACEBOOK EMPLOYEES FUME AFTER PUSH TO CENSOR TRUMP POSTS REBUFFED Facebook, which gave a preview of its anti-fake news strategy last month, is also looking to disrupt financial incentives for spammers. On the buying side we’ve eliminated the ability to spoof domains, which will reduce the prevalence of sites that pretend to be real publications.

  4. Justin Pidot:

    Rather than enforce the standards or try to change the standards, the effort is to hide information that the standards are being violated and pretend there is no problem, simply concealing information about unlawful situations goes to the heart of what it means to be a democracy.

  5. Thomas Carlyle:

    I don't pretend to understand the Universe -- it's a great deal bigger than I am.


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