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pretend
verb (pretended , pretending )
1 tr & intr to make believe; to act as if, or give the impression that, something is the case when it is not Let's pretend we're dinosaurs pretend to be asleep .
2 tr & intr to imply or claim falsely pretended not to know .
3 to claim to feel something; to profess something falsely pretend friendship towards someone .
4 intr (pretend to something)
a to claim to have (a skill, etc), especially falsely;
b hist to lay claim, especially doubtful claim, to (eg the throne).
adjective , colloq especially used by or to children: imaginary a pretend cave .
[15c: from Latin praetendere to stretch forth]


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pretender
noun
1 someone who pretends or pretended to something, especially the throne.
2 someone who makes a claim to something, especially a throne.


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