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pre·tend

pretend

 
 
pronunciation:
prih tend
part of speech: verb
inflections: pretends, pretending, pretended
definition 1: to claim or act in a false way in order to trick.
The bird pretended to be hurt to lure the fox away from the nest.
similar words:
allege, claim, profess
definition 2: to imagine or make believe.
Let's pretend that we're exploring the moon.
 
synonyms:
make believe
similar words:
fancy, imagine, suppose