Pre*tend", v. i. 1. To put in, or make, a claim, truly or falsely; to allege a title; to lay claim to, or strive after, something; -- usually with to. "Countries that pretend to freedom." Swift.
For to what fine he would anon pretend,Chaucer.
That know I well.
2. To hold out the appearance of being, possessing, or performing; to profess; to make believe; to feign; to sham; as, to
pretend to be asleep. "[He] pretended to drink the waters."
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