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Another word for pretend

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Verb
  1. To take on or give a false appearance of

    Idioms:
    See also:

    true

  2. To behave affectedly or insincerely or take on a false or misleading appearance of

      1. To carry out an action:
      2. To play the part of; assume the dramatic role of:
      3. To serve or function as a substitute for another:
      1. To carry on a deception; dissemble.
      2. To falsely produce what appears to be official or valid; to produce a forged copy of.
      3. (Poker, usually "be counterfeited") Of a turn or river card, to invalidate a player's hand by making a better hand on the board.
      1. To conceal the truth, or one's true feelings, motives, etc., by pretense; behave hypocritically
      2. To conceal under a false appearance; disguise
      3. To disguise or conceal one's real nature, motives, or feelings behind a false appearance.
      1. To simulate; feign:
      2. (Sports) To deceive (an opponent) with a fake. Often used with out.
      3. (Naut.) To lay out (a line) in long, parallel, partly overlapping lengths so that it will run out freely without kinking
      1. To give a false appearance of:
      2. (Obs.) To form; shape
      3. To represent falsely; pretend to:
      1. To play a pretended role; make believe.
      2. To play a role in a dramatic performance.
      3. To behave in an overdramatic or artificial manner.
      1. To represent oneself falsely; pretend to be other than what one is:
      2. To set forth in words for consideration; propound:
      3. To put (a model, photographic subject, etc.) in a certain position or attitude
      1. To put on the false appearance of; feign:
      2. To pretend to be what one is not
      3. To assume a false appearance or character; dissemble.
      1. To achieve or imitate the characteristics or effect of
      2. To have or take on the external appearance of; look or act like
      3. To create a representation or model of (a physical system or particular situation, for example).
    See also:

    honest

    true

  3. To claim or allege insincerely or falsely

    See also:

    true

  4. To contrive and present as genuine

      1. To carry on a deception; dissemble.
      2. To make an imitation or copy of (something), usually with the intent to defraud:
      3. (Poker, usually "be counterfeited") Of a turn or river card, to invalidate a player's hand by making a better hand on the board.
      1. To contrive and present as genuine; counterfeit:
      2. (Sports) To deceive (an opponent) with a fake. Often used with out.
      3. (Sports) To perform a fake.
      1. (Archaic) To invent or imagine.
      2. To give a false appearance of:
      3. To represent falsely; pretend to:
      1. To have or take on the external appearance of; look or act like
      2. To achieve or imitate the characteristics or effect of
      3. To use computer simulation to represent (a system, physical process, etc.)
    See also:

    true

  5. To have the courage to put forward, as an idea, especially when rebuff or criticism is likely

    See also:

    try

Adjective
  1. Made to imitate something else

    See also:

    real

Another word for pretend

Verb
  1. To feign

    See also:

    deceive

  2. To make believe

Synonym Study

  • Simulate emphasizes the imitation of typical signs involved in assuming an appearance or characteristic not one's own to simulate interest
  • To affect is to make a show of being, having, using, wearing, etc., usually for effect to affect a British accent
  • Assume implies the putting on of a false appearance but suggests a harmless or excusable motive an assumed air of bravado
  • 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