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1. pretend

verb. ['priːˈtɛnd'] make believe with the intent to deceive.

Synonyms

  • sham
  • bull
  • talk through one's hat
  • play possum
  • take a dive
  • make
  • feign
  • dissemble
  • bullshit
  • affect
  • make believe
  • belie
  • misrepresent
  • fake

Antonyms

  • lose
  • bottom out
  • stay in place
  • top out

Etymology

  • pretendre (Anglo-Norman)

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Words that Rhyme with Pretend

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Example sentences of the word pretend


1. Noun, singular or mass
Your pup will talk to you in its pretend language when you talk to it.

2. Verb, base form
You can pretend you're not growing anything out if you fake it with a weave or hair extensions.

3. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Use your arms for balance as you pretend to sit down.

Quotes containing the word pretend


1. People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love.
- Claude Monet

2. We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
- Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

3. There's something very authentic about humor, when you think about it. Anybody can pretend to be serious. But you can't pretend to be funny.
- Billy Collins

2. pretend

verb. ['priːˈtɛnd'] behave unnaturally or affectedly.

Synonyms

  • simulate
  • feign
  • dissemble
  • act
  • assume
  • behave
  • do

Antonyms

  • unstrain
  • sedate
  • de-energise
  • conform

Etymology

  • pretendre (Anglo-Norman)

3. pretend

verb. ['priːˈtɛnd'] represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like.

Synonyms

  • make
  • feign
  • dissemble
  • act
  • play
  • affect
  • make believe
  • go through the motions
  • represent

Antonyms

  • break
  • unmake
  • stay
  • stifle

Etymology

  • pretendre (Anglo-Norman)

4. pretend

noun. ['priːˈtɛnd'] the enactment of a pretense.

Synonyms

  • simulation
  • feigning
  • pretence
  • pretense
  • make-believe

Antonyms

  • specify
  • genuine
  • woman
  • bear

Etymology

  • pretendre (Anglo-Norman)

5. pretend

verb. ['priːˈtɛnd'] put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation.

Synonyms

  • guess
  • prognosticate
  • hazard
  • speculate
  • forebode
  • suspect
  • anticipate
  • surmise
  • venture
  • call
  • predict
  • promise

Antonyms

  • relax
  • tense
  • stimulate
  • de-energize

Etymology

  • pretendre (Anglo-Norman)

6. pretend

adjective. ['priːˈtɛnd'] imagined as in a play.

Synonyms

  • make-believe

Antonyms

  • close up
  • whisper

Etymology

  • pretendre (Anglo-Norman)

7. pretend

verb. ['priːˈtɛnd'] state insincerely.

Synonyms

  • profess

Antonyms

  • disassemble
  • dissuade

Etymology

  • pretendre (Anglo-Norman)

8. pretend

verb. ['priːˈtɛnd'] put forward a claim and assert right or possession of.

Synonyms

  • claim
  • arrogate

Antonyms

  • natural
  • divest
  • plaintiff

Etymology

  • pretendre (Anglo-Norman)
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