Another word for pretend
feign, affect, simulate, claim falsely, profess, make a pretense, imitate, assume, counterfeit, fake, sham, make as if, make as though, dissimulate, dissemble, mislead, pass oneself off, pose, impersonate, bluff, be hypocritical, purport, allege, make a show of, put on airs, put on*, let on*, make like*, go through the motions*, sail under false colors*, keep up appearances*, put up a front*, put on an act*, play possum*; see also deceive.
To make believe
mimic, fill a role, take a part, represent, portray, make out like, play, make as if, make as though, make believe, create, imagine, invent, act the part of, act a part, playact, put on an act*; see also sense 1, act 3, imitate 2, impersonate, reproduce 2.
pretend and feign both imply a profession or display of what is false, the more literary feign sometimes suggesting an elaborately contrived situation to pretend not to hear, to feign deafness; assume implies the putting on of a false appearance but suggests a harmless or excusable motive an assumed air of bravado; to affect is to make a show of being, having, using, wearing, etc., usually for effect to affect a British accent; simulate emphasizes the imitation of typical signs involved in assuming an appearance or characteristic not one's own to simulate interest
Another word for pretendverb
To take on or give a false appearance of:affect2, assume, counterfeit, fake, feign, put on, sham, simulate. Idiom: make believe. See true
To behave affectedly or insincerely or take on a false or misleading appearance of:act, counterfeit, dissemble, fake, feign, play-act, pose, put on, sham, simulate. See honest, true
To claim or allege insincerely or falsely:feign, profess. See true
To contrive and present as genuine:counterfeit, fake, feign, simulate. Idioms: make believe, put on an act. See true
To have the courage to put forward, as an idea, especially when rebuff or criticism is likely:dare, hazard, presume, venture. See try