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pretendverb [I]

uk   /prɪˈtend/  us   /prɪˈtend/
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.

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pretendadjective

uk   /prɪˈtend/  us   /prɪˈtend/
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pretendverb [I/T]

 us   /prɪˈtend/
to behave as if something is true when you know that it is not, esp. in order to deceive people or as a game: [+ to infinitive] Tom pretends to care. [+ (that) clause] The children pretended (that) they were dinosaurs.
pretend
adjective [not gradable]  us   /prɪˈtend/
a pretend tea party
(Definition of pretend from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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