Pretend

Definition of Pretend

Pre`tend´
v. t.1.To lay a claim to; to allege a title to; to claim.
[imp. & p. p. Pretended; p. pr. & vb. n. Pretending.]
Chiefs shall be grudged the part which they pretend.
- Dryden.
2.To hold before, or put forward, as a cloak or disguise for something else; to exhibit as a veil for something hidden.
Lest that too heavenly form, pretended
To hellish falsehood, snare them.
- Milton.
3.To hold out, or represent, falsely; to put forward, or offer, as true or real (something untrue or unreal); to show hypocritically, or for the purpose of deceiving; to simulate; to feign; as, to pretend friendship.
This let him know,
Lest, willfully transgressing, he pretend
Surprisal.
- Milton.
4.To intend; to design; to plot; to attempt.
Such as shall pretend
Malicious practices against his state.
- Shak.
5.To hold before one; to extend.
v. i.1.To put in, or make, a claim, truly or falsely; to allege a title; to lay claim to, or strive after, something; - usually with to.
For to what fine he would anon pretend,
That know I well.
- Chaucer.
2.To hold out the appearance of being, possessing, or performing; to profess; to make believe; to feign; to sham; as, to pretend to be asleep.

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