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pretend

verb [I] uk   /prɪˈtend/ us  
B2 to behave as if something is true when you know that it is not, especially in order to deceive people or as a game: [+ (that)] He pretended (that) he didn't mind, but I knew that he did. The children pretended (that) they were dinosaurs. [+ to infinitive] Were you just pretending to be interested? She's not really hurt - she's only pretending. Of course I was angry - I can't pretend otherwise. not pretend to do sth formal to not claim something that is false: I don't pretend to be an expert on the subject.

pretend

adjective uk   /prɪˈtend/ us  
imaginary or not real: "Do you want a cup of tea?" she asks, offering me a pretend cup. They knew the argument was only pretend, but they still got upset.
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