Definition of 'feign'
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The fact that you are in hospital frees you from the guilt and fear that your bosses might think that you're feigning illness. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It was no longer possible for the world to sit passively by and feign ignorance. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It is said that one could have feigned illness. Sources of the West: Readings in Western Civilization, Volume 1: From the Beginning to 1715 (1995)Instead they skip school or feign illness. You and Your Adolescent: A Parents' Guide for Ages 10 to 20 (1990)He would feign illness and his gran would indulge him. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The one who had been sitting on the doorstep feigning indifference while glancing sideways at us. Times, Sunday Times (2006)But as it all went wrong yesterday they ended up having to feign indifference. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Now she has to feign interest in the baseball game. Times, Sunday Times (2006)We are fed up with the expenses system and feigned innocence of those caught with their fingers in the till. The Sun (2014)When it came to the financial concerns, they feigned ignorance. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Instead, we feign a clumsy indifference to it in public. Times, Sunday Times (2007)For the most part, we are more likely to turn away or feign indifference. Christianity Today (2000)The fathers who feign interest at that stage are Just making it up. Times, Sunday Times (2013)I used to moan and grumble and feign illness. Times, Sunday Times (2008)This makes an average of thirty little parcels which it's only proper to open with feigned joy and surprise. The Times Literary Supplement (2014)He feigned surprise when one of his wife's colleagues rang to say that she had not arrived at work. Times, Sunday Times (2010)How do you keep your guests awake during the slow bits, until the big hitters swagger up to feign surprise and humility? Times, Sunday Times (2008)There are some things that men should discuss only with close friends because close friends love them enough to feign genuine interest in their fractured love life. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Plan B was to feign mental illness. The Sun (2010)Four medical experts had examined him and agreed that it was'out of the question' that he was feigning illness. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Having assets frozen ahead of court appearances counters a common fraudster's tactic, which is to draw out proceedings by changing lawyers and feigning illnesses. Times, Sunday Times (2008)
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Translations for 'feign'
British English: feign VERB
If someone feigns a particular feeling or physical condition, they try to make other people think that they have it or are experiencing it.
One morning, I didn't want to go to school, and decided to feign illness.
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