Meaning of “pretend” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ I, T ] us uk /prɪˈtend/
Extra Examples
It's obvious they're in love, so it's silly of them to pretend otherwise.I played a trick on her and pretended we'd eaten all the food.Just for a laugh, I pretended that I'd forgotten it was his birthday.The other players thought he was only pretending to be injured.She pretended that she was speaking to someone on the phone.

B2 to behave as if something is true when it is not:

[ + (that) ] I can't pretend that I like him.
[ + to do sth ] Were you just pretending to be interested?
She's not really hurt - she's only pretending.

(Definition of “pretend” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)