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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Pretended — Pre*tend ed, a. Making a false appearance; unreal; false; as, pretended friend. {Pre*tend ed*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • pretended — [prē ten′did, priten′did] adj. 1. not genuine; feigned 2. reputed or alleged …   English World dictionary

  • pretended — pretendedly, adv. /pri ten did/, adj. 1. insincerely or falsely professed: a pretended interest in art. 2. feigned, fictitious, or counterfeit: His pretended wealth was proved to be nonexistent. 3. alleged or asserted; reputed. [1425 75; late ME; …   Universalium

  • pretended — pre|tend|ed [prıˈtendıd] adj something that is pretended appears to be real but is not ▪ Her eyes widened in pretended astonishment …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pretended — pre•tend•ed [[t]prɪˈtɛn dɪd[/t]] adj. 1) insincerely or falsely professed: a pretended interest in art[/ex] 2) feigned; counterfeit: pretended wealth[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • pretended — adjective Date: 15th century professed or avowed but not genuine < pretended affection > • pretendedly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pretended — pre|tend|ed [ prı tendəd ] adjective not real or sincere: Terry s eyes widened in pretended surprise …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pretended — adjective false or unreal, in spite of seeming to be true or real: pretended sorrow …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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