pretended

adjective pre·tend·ed \ pri-ˈten-dəd \

Definition of pretended

:professed or avowed but not genuine
  • pretended affection

pretendedly

adverb

Examples of pretended in a Sentence

  1. he shows a pretended affection for his girlfriend's cat

  2. hoped that his pretended interest in classical music would impress the boss

Recent Examples of pretended from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pretended.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of pretended

15th century



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pretended? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to praise usually to excess

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!