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To make a false show or pretence of
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“I cannot pretend to understand the problem.”
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Engage in an imaginative game or fantasy
“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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Behave so as to make it appear that something is the case when in fact it is not
“They could pretend that they in fact had hands toughened by manual labor in the somewhat mythical Australian outback.”
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Go through the motions of having
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Appear to be or do something, especially falsely
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Tell a fib
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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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Assume the existence of
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Mimic
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Like a phantasm
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“Pretend troops are just what we need to fight for a pretend cause!”
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Being done for purposes of assessment
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