Meaning of “pretend” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ I, T ] uk us /prɪˈtend/

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)