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1    when tr, usually takes a clause as object or an infinitive   to claim or allege (something untrue)  
2    tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive   to make believe, as in a play  
you pretend to be Ophelia     
3    intr; foll by: to   to present a claim, esp. a dubious one  
to pretend to the throne     
4    intr; foll by: to  
Obsolete   to aspire as a candidate or suitor (for)  
5    fanciful; make-believe; simulated  
a pretend gun     
     (C14: from Latin praetendere to stretch forth, feign, from prae in front + tendere to stretch)  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    affect, allege, assume, counterfeit, dissemble, dissimulate, fake, falsify, feign, impersonate, make out, pass oneself off as, profess, put on, sham, simulate  
2    act, imagine, make believe, make up, play, play the part of, suppose  
3    allege, aspire, claim, lay claim, profess, purport  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
pejorative term to qualify a person who pretends or appears to know everything about everything
[Pej.];[Fam.] Ex.: So let's see how Mister 'know-it-all' is going to solve that problem!
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