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pretend

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of pretend

  1. 1 being such in appearance only and made with or manufactured from usually cheaper materials <if you were to see the movie's pretend jewels in real life, you wouldn't be fooled for a minute> Synonyms artificial, bogus, dummy, ersatz, factitious, fake, false, faux, imitative, man-made, mimic, mock, imitation, sham, simulated, substitute, syntheticRelated Words cultured, manufactured, process; unauthentic; adulterated, designer, doctored, engineered, fudged, juggled, manipulated, tampered (with); concocted, fabricated; counterfeit, deceptive, forged, fraudulent, misleading, phony (also phoney); affected, brummagem, feigned, pinchbeck, pseudo, spuriousNear Antonyms authentic, bona fide, legitimate, true; premium, quality, valuable; pure, unadulteratedAntonyms genuine, natural, real

  2. 2 not real and existing only in the imagination <it's just a pretend gun, so please pretend that I got you and play dead> Synonyms chimerical (also chimeric), fabulous, fanciful, fantasied, fantastic (also fantastical), fictional, fictitious, ideal, imaginal, imagined, invented, made-up, make-believe, mythical (or mythic), notional, phantasmal, phantasmic, phantom, imaginary, unreal, visonaryRelated Words fabled, legendary, romantic; abstract, hypothetical, theoretical (also theoretic); unbelievable, unconvincing, unlikely; conceived, envisaged, envisioned, pictured, visualized; daydreamlike, deceptive, delusional, delusive, hallucinatory, illusory, phantasmagoric (or phantasmagorical); concocted, fabricated, feigned, fictive; inexistent, nonexistentNear Antonyms authentic, genuine, true; factual, verifiable, verified; believable, convincing, realistic; corporeal, material, physical, solid, substantial; palpable, tangibleAntonyms actual, existent, existing, real




pretend

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of pretend

  1. 1 to take on a false or deceptive appearance <I pretended that I didn't care that my ex had a new man in her life> Synonyms dissemble, dissimulate, let on, make out Related Words act, impersonate, masquerade, play, playact, pose; affect, assume, counterfeit, fake, feign, profess, put on, sham, simulate; camouflage, conceal, disguise, mask; bluff, feint Phrases make a pretense, make a show, make believe, put on an act, put up a front

  2. 2 to present a false appearance of <as if I would ever pretend illness just to take off a day from work> Synonyms act, affect, assume, bluff, counterfeit, dissemble, fake, pass (for), feign, profess, put on, sham, simulateRelated Words dissimulate, impersonate, let on, masquerade, play, playact, pose; forge, imitate; camouflage, conceal, disguise, mask; feint; malinger




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