Definition of 'pretend'
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Politicians who pretend otherwise are being shamelessly evasive. Times, Sunday Times (2016)You just have to pretend to be dead. Times, Sunday Times (2016)No one was pretending the new numbers were anywhere near as good as the old favourites. Times, Sunday Times (2016)No one could pretend it's been cheap. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Of course, pretending the cancer thing isn't happening is not good either. The Sun (2016)We all get sick, so why pretend it's just you? Times, Sunday Times (2016)We can pretend otherwise, to make them like us, but it will always be a lie. Times, Sunday Times (2017)You can build your own theories about why that wall is there, but it is and there's no point pretending otherwise. Times, Sunday Times (2016)With you sort of pretending not to notice? Times, Sunday Times (2011)They escaped after the woman pretended she would run away with him. The Sun (2009)The men in the room f lush while pretending not to look. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The film shows one man pretending to pull a gun from his trousers. The Sun (2011)You will be caught out if pretending to be something you are not. The Sun (2016)Why on earth should we pretend otherwise? The Sun (2013)So publicly we tried to pretend not to care as well. 21 DOG YEARS (2002)The rest of us pretended not to notice but quietly adored that. Times, Sunday Times (2010) People pretending to be happy about your success. Times, Sunday Times (2007) One cannot just pretend that it does not exist. Times, Sunday Times (2011)To pretend otherwise and act all hurt is plain daft. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It suits him to pretend not to care. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Not a single person pretends to look the other way. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It seems easier for many people to pretend it is not happening. Times, Sunday Times (2007)No one pretends today will be pleasant. The Sun (2010)You mustn't pretend to be something else. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Still, we pretended not to notice. Times, Sunday Times (2008)He also dodged a summons that was hand delivered by bailiffs after persuading a woman to pretend that he no longer lived at his address. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
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Translations for 'pretend'
British English: pretend /prɪˈtɛnd/ VERB
If you pretend that something is true, you try to make people believe that it is true, although it is not.
The boy pretended to be asleep.
- American English: pretend
- Arabic: يَتَظَاهَر
- Brazilian Portuguese: fingir
- Chinese: 假装
- Croatian: pretvarati se
- Czech: předstírat
- Danish: foregive
- Dutch: doen alsof
- European Spanish: fingir
- Finnish: teeskennellä
- French: prétendre
- German: vorgeben
- Greek: προσποιούμαι
- Italian: fingere
- Japanese: ふりをする
- Korean: ...인 체하다
- Norwegian: late som
- Polish: stworzyć pozory
- European Portuguese: fingir
- Romanian: a pretinde
- Russian: притворяться
- Spanish: fingir
- Swedish: låtsas
- Thai: แกล้ง
- Turkish: yapar gibi görünmek
- Ukrainian: прикидатися
- Vietnamese: giả vờ
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