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To make a false show or pretense of
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“I cannot pretend to understand the problem.”
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To play or act out a (usually imaginary) role
“It was a huge adventure and we'd play silly games and pretend we were pirates on a quest for gold.”
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To imagine or fantasize about something
“My little sister always liked to pretend that she was a princess.”
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To purport or make a false claim about something
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“There are some who pretend to be rich, yet have nothing.”
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To tell a lie or something that is untrue
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To assume or consider that something is true or correct
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To make jokes, especially for purposes of teasing someone
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To quibble over trivial matters
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Made-up and not existing in reality
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“Pretend troops are just what we need to fight for a pretend cause!”
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Unnatural, artificial or contrived in nature
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“It was impossible to completely hide the way he felt inside. His pretend smile was obvious.”
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Being an inauthentic version of something else
“The font used will often be a powerful tell for spotting a pretend Gucci.”
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Fake, especially with an intent to deceive
“This was always a pretend excuse to cover for the real reason.”
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Not genuinely meaning what has been expressed
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Being done for purposes of assessment
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