make a pretense of

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of make a pretense of

: to act or appear in a way that looks real but is false : to pretend
  • She couldn't even make a pretense of liking him.

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. : the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

  2. : brand

  3. : the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

pretense play
  1. : a claim made or implied

  2. : mere ostentation : pretentiousness

  3. : a pretentious act or assertion


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