pretend to (something)


: 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.

Examples of pretend to (something) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the very end, though, the deeply talented Celtics were able to dominate the Heat without injured center Kristaps Porzingis, while the Heat could not even pretend to compete without Butler. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 2 May 2024 The Doctor’s trusty sonic screwdriver has been redesigned to resemble a remote control or flip phone, because Davies worried that the old sonic looked too much like a gun, which would encourage kids to pretend to shoot at one another. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 29 Apr. 2024 In reality, the mission was to steal the vessels and pretend to discover them in international waters — exactly what the team did. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2024 The girls, for instance, love to pretend to be a couple of irascible grannies, usually causing trouble for the people around them, but occasionally proving helpful. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 15 Apr. 2024 As a critic, maybe I’m supposed to pretend to that kind of finality. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2024 Because being Beyoncé means never having to pretend to be just one thing. Chris Willman, Variety, 29 Mar. 2024 In one incident in the writers’ room, Kilgen alleges that Schneider asked Stratton to lean over the table and pretend to be sodomized. Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2024 But Rivian can set itself apart with vehicles that are actually capable of fairly serious off-road driving, something most electric SUVs don’t even pretend to be able to handle. Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN, 7 Mar. 2024

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“Pretend to (something).” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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