Search Result for "pretending":
1. the act of giving a false appearance;
- Example: "his conformity was only pretending"
[syn: pretense, pretence, pretending, simulation, feigning]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pretend \Pre*tend"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pretended; p. pr. & vb. n. Pretending.] [OE. pretenden to lay claim to, F. pr['e]tendre, L. praetendere, praetentum, to stretch forward, pretend, simulate, assert; prae before + tendere to stretch. See Tend, v. t. ] 1. To lay a claim to; to allege a title to; to claim. [1913 Webster] Chiefs shall be grudged the part which they pretend. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To hold before, or put forward, as a cloak or disguise for something else; to exhibit as a veil for something hidden. [R.] [1913 Webster] Lest that too heavenly form, pretended To hellish falsehood, snare them. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] This let him know, Lest, willfully transgressing, he pretend Surprisal. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 4. To intend; to design; to plot; to attempt. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Such as shall pretend Malicious practices against his state. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. To hold before one; to extend. [Obs.] "His target always over her pretended." --Spenser. [1913 Webster]