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Noun
The action of acting as if something is different from what it actually is
“I'm tired of all the deception and pretending!”
Noun
The action of pretending or imagining that things are better than they really are
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Noun
Stage acting
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An overt and pretentious display intended to attract attention
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Adjective
Ostensibly employed, but wasting time
Adjective
Supposed but not necessarily real or true
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Adjective
Likely, capable of, or designed to, deceive
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Verb
Present participle for to make a false show or pretense of
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“I cannot pretend to understand the problem.”
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Present participle for 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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Present participle for to imagine or fantasize about something
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“My little sister always liked to pretend that she was a princess.”
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Present participle for 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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Present participle for to tell a lie or something that is untrue
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Present participle for appear to be or do something, especially falsely
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Present participle for to assume or consider that something is true or correct
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Present participle for to make jokes, especially for purposes of teasing someone
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Present participle for to quibble over trivial matters
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Present participle for to act out a character, typically as a performance
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