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

Definition of pretended

: professed or avowed but not genuine pretended affection

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
Recent Examples on the Web No, seriously: People were very upset by these shoes, or at least pretended to be. Heather Wilhelm, National Review, 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of pretended

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Pretended.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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