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  1. [noun] the enactment of a pretense; "it was just pretend"
    Synonyms: make-believe

  2. [verb] make believe with the intent to deceive; "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"
    Synonyms: feign, sham, affect, dissemble

  3. [verb] behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting"
    Synonyms: dissemble, act

  4. [verb] put forward a claim and assert right or possession of; "pretend the title of King"

  5. [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"
    Synonyms: guess, venture, hazard

  6. [verb] represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like; "She makes like an actress"
    Synonyms: make, make believe

  7. [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"
    Synonyms: profess

  8. [adjective] imagined as in a play; "the make-believe world of theater"; "play money"; "dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish"
    Synonyms: make-believe


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