1. pretending - noun
· the act of giving a false appearance; "his conformity was only pretending"
2. pretend - verb
· make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"
3. pretend - verb
· behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting"
4. pretend - verb
· put forward a claim and assert right or possession of; "pretend the title of King"
5. pretend - verb
· put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation; "I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again"; "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"
6. pretend - verb
· represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like; "She makes like an actress"
7. pretend - verb
· state insincerely; "He professed innocence but later admitted his guilt"; "She pretended not to have known the suicide bomber"; "She pretends to be an expert on wine"
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