pre·​tend·​ed | \ pri-ˈten-dəd How to pronounce pretended (audio) \

Definition of pretended

: professed or avowed but not genuine pretended affection

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Other Words from pretended

pretendedly adverb

Examples of pretended in a Sentence

he shows a pretended affection for his girlfriend's cat hoped that his pretended interest in classical music would impress the boss

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No, seriously: People were very upset by these shoes, or at least pretended to be. Heather Wilhelm, National Review, "The Death of Fun as We Know It," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of pretended

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pretended was in the 15th century

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to complain fretfully

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