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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 ​deceivepeople 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/
(Definition of pretend from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 ​deceivepeople 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 ​teaparty
(Definition of pretend from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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