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What Is Pretend? Definition And Usage Of This Term

WHAT IS PRETEND – In this topic, we will first know and learn the definition of this term and how is this term used in sentences.



The Oxford Dictionary defines the term as the following:

  • speak and act so as to make it appear that something is the case when in fact it is not
  • lay claim to (a quality or title).
  • give the appearance of feeling or possessing (an emotion or quality); simulate.
  • not really what it is represented as being; used in a game or deception.

Meanwhile, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines this term as the following:

  • to give a false appearance of being, possessing, or performing
  • to make believe
  • to claim, represent, or assert falsely
  • to feign an action, part, or role especially in play
  • to put in a claim
  • being a nonfunctional imitation
  • not genuine


Here are some of the following synonyms:

  • make as if
  • profess
  • affect
  • dissimulate
  • dissemble
  • put on an act
  • make believe
  • play at
  • act
  • playact
  • feign
  • sham
  • fake
  • simulate
  • put on


It is a late Middle English term which is from the Latin praetendere, which means ‘stretch forth, claim’,


Here are some examples of the usage of this term:

  • The first thing the little humbug did was to produce a tiny white piglet from underneath his hat and pretend to pull it apart, making two.
  • I wear it too, when I’m alone, and pretend that we are one forever.
  • It began with a glance as we passed each other the first time, a smile the next two or three laps, and then a pretend rest stop.
  • Jenn resisted the urge to leave, wanting to pretend things were as normal as possible between them.

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