pretend to (something)

Definition of pretend to (something)

formal
:to claim that one has (something, such as a quality or ability)
  • She pretends to a deep religious devotion, but I don't believe her.
usually used in negative statements
  • I don't pretend to any expertise in these matters.

Word by Word Definitions

pretend play
  1. : to give a false appearance of being, possessing, or performing

  2. : to make believe : feign

  3. : to claim, represent, or assert falsely

  1. : imaginary, make-believe

  2. : not genuine : mock

  3. : being a nonfunctional imitation

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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