Definition of pretend
lay claim to (a quality or title).
There is a self-styled anti-globalisation movement that pretends to the contrary.
not really what it is represented as being; used in a game or deception.
I can't be the only adult to play for pretend money around the Monopoly board, but at least that requires some sense of the world outside me.
speak and act so as to make it appear that something is the case when in fact it is not.
This literature not only pretends to know the odds, it claims to know the cash value of one's unlucky number coming up.
Example of pretend
And when you say towing mannequins, is that mannequin in the sense of, say a store dummy, basically a pretend human being?
At least on the streets there was no pretend law being bothered with in a pretend way, just people puffing, victimising only themselves.
Back then I used to play games and pretend I was a secret agent and such.
Before we knew it, it was time to say goodnight - the pretend goodnight before the encore - so we knew there was more.
Boys and young men with pretend guns were being given military drill and taught blood-curdling, screamed chants.
Build a fire (real or pretend depending on fire restrictions) and tell stories.
Fearing the worst, he decides to pretend that Germany is still the same country his mother believes in.
For some reason I believed that she was going to ask me to pretend that she lived in high society.
Francis loses both daughter and wife and constructs a fantasy life to pretend that Lisa is somehow still alive.
He fondly recalls his first foray into musicals being a show about a snowman in which he had to throw pieces of paper as pretend snow.