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pretend

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of pretend

  1. 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 Synonyms of pretend artificial, bogus, dummy, ersatz, factitious, fake, false, faux, imitative, man-made, mimic, mock, imitation, sham, simulated, substitute, syntheticWords Related to pretend cultured, manufactured, process; unauthentic; adulterated, designer, doctored, engineered, fudged, juggled, manipulated, tampered (with); concocted, fabricated; counterfeit, deceptive, forged, fraudulent, misleading, phony (also phoney); affected, brummagem, feigned, pinchbeck, pseudo, spuriousNear Antonyms of pretend authentic, bona fide, legitimate, true; premium, quality, valuable; pure, unadulteratedAntonyms of pretend genuine, natural, real

  2. 2 not real and existing only in the imagination it's just a pretend gun, so please pretend that I got you and play dead Synonyms of pretend chimerical (also chimeric), fabulous, fanciful, fantasied, fantastic (also fantastical), fictional, fictitious, ideal, imaginal, imagined, invented, made-up, make-believe, mythical (or mythic), notional, phantasmal, phantasmic, phantom, imaginary, unreal, visonaryWords Related to pretend fabled, legendary, romantic; abstract, hypothetical, theoretical (also theoretic); unbelievable, unconvincing, unlikely; conceived, envisaged, envisioned, pictured, visualized; daydreamlike, deceptive, delusional, delusive, hallucinatory, illusory, phantasmagoric (or phantasmagorical); concocted, fabricated, feigned, fictive; inexistent, nonexistentNear Antonyms of pretend authentic, genuine, true; factual, verifiable, verified; believable, convincing, realistic; corporeal, material, physical, solid, substantial; palpable, tangibleAntonyms of pretend actual, existent, existing, real


pretend

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of pretend

  1. 1 to take on a false or deceptive appearance I pretended that I didn't care that my ex had a new man in her life Synonyms of pretend dissemble, dissimulate, let on, make out Words Related to pretend act, impersonate, masquerade, play, playact, pose; affect, assume, counterfeit, fake, feign, profess, put on, sham, simulate; camouflage, conceal, disguise, mask; bluff, feint Phrases make a pretense, make a show, make believe, put on an act, put up a front

  2. 2 to present a false appearance of as if I would ever pretend illness just to take off a day from work Synonyms of pretend act, affect, assume, bluff, counterfeit, dissemble, fake, pass (for), feign, profess, put on, sham, simulateWords Related to pretend dissimulate, impersonate, let on, masquerade, play, playact, pose; forge, imitate; camouflage, conceal, disguise, mask; feint; malinger

Synonym Discussion of pretend

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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