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pretend

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1 being such in appearance only and made with or manufactured from usually cheaper materials
  • If you were to see the movie's pretend jewels in real life, you wouldn't be fooled for a minute.
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pretend

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1 to take on a false or deceptive appearance
  • I pretended that I didn't care what other people had to say about me.
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make a pretense, make a show, make believe, put on an act, put up a front

2 to present a false appearance of
  • As if I would ever pretend illness just to take off a day from work!
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make believe

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assume, affect, pretend, simulate, feign, counterfeit, sham mean to put on a false or deceptive appearance. assume often implies a justifiable motive rather than an intent to deceive.
    • assumed an air of cheerfulness around the patients
affect implies making a false show of possessing, using, or feeling.
    • affected an interest in art
pretend implies an overt and sustained false appearance.
    • pretended that nothing had happened
simulate suggests a close imitation of the appearance of something.
    • cosmetics that simulate a suntan
feign implies more artful invention than pretend, less specific mimicry than simulate.
    • feigned sickness
counterfeit implies achieving the highest degree of verisimilitude of any of these words.
    • an actor counterfeiting drunkenness
sham implies an obvious falseness that fools only the gullible.
    • shammed a most unconvincing limp


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