(noun, adjective, verb)


1. imagined (as in a game or play)

- dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish

Similar word(s): unreal


1. the enactment of a pretense

- it was just pretend

Definition categories: act, feigning, pretence, pretending, pretense, simulation


1. make believe with the intent to deceive

Similar word(s): affect, dissemble, feign, sham

Definition categories: communication, belie, misrepresent

2. behave unnaturally or affectedly

Similar word(s): act, dissemble

Definition categories: creation

3. put forward a claim and assert right or possession of

- pretend the title of King

Definition categories: possession, arrogate, claim

4. put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation

- I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong

Similar word(s): guess, hazard, venture

Definition categories: communication, speculate

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

Similar word(s): make

Definition categories: communication, act, play, represent

6. state insincerely

- She pretended not to have known the suicide bomber

- She pretends to be an expert on wine

Similar word(s): profess

Definition categories: communication, claim