- I UK [prɪˈtend] / US
Word forms "pretend":
present tense I/you/we/they pretend he/she/it pretends present participle pretending past tense pretended past participle pretended
1) [intransitive/transitive] to behave in a particular way because you want someone to believe that something is true when it is notpretend to do something:
We were never going to make the marriage work, so why pretend?pretend (that):
She closed her eyes and pretended to be asleep.pretend otherwise (= pretend that something is not true):
I'm sorry, but I can't just sit back and pretend it hasn't happened.pretend something:
I know you hate my haircut, so it's no good pretending otherwise.
It was useless to pretend innocence.2) [intransitive/transitive] to imagine that something is true when you are playing a gamepretend (that):pretend to be someone/something:
They're pretending they're astronauts again.
The little girl was pretending to be a lion.3) [transitive, usually in negatives] to claim that something is true when it is notpretend (that):pretend to do something:
I'm not going to pretend we achieved a lot.pretend to something:
I don't pretend to have all the answers.
He's never pretended to any great knowledge of art.
II UK [prɪˈtend] / US adjective [usually before noun] informalimaginary. This word is used mainly by children or when speaking to children
Lynn and Mandy are passing round pretend cakes.
English dictionary. 2014.