Pretend Pre*tend", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pretended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pretending}.] [OE. pretenden to lay claim to, F. pr['e]tendre, L. praetendere, praetentum, to stretch forward, pretend, simulate, assert; prae before + tendere to stretch. See {Tend}, v. t. ] 1. To lay a claim to; to allege a title to; to claim. [1913 Webster]

Chiefs shall be grudged the part which they pretend. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To hold before, or put forward, as a cloak or disguise for something else; to exhibit as a veil for something hidden. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Lest that too heavenly form, pretended To hellish falsehood, snare them. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To hold out, or represent, falsely; to put forward, or offer, as true or real (something untrue or unreal); to show hypocritically, or for the purpose of deceiving; to simulate; to feign; as, to pretend friendship. [1913 Webster]

This let him know, Lest, willfully transgressing, he pretend Surprisal. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. To intend; to design; to plot; to attempt. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Such as shall pretend Malicious practices against his state. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. To hold before one; to extend. [Obs.] ``His target always over her pretended.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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